WHEN THE CONSCIENCE SPEAKS

Genesis 3:8-21

Monday, 21 December 2020

Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid….” (Genesis 3:9-10 NLT)


In Genesis 2:16 -17, Adam received a command from the Lord to freely eat of every tree of the garden except the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam carefully heeded to these instructions in obedience and respect for the Lord’s command until the Fall. The relationship with the Master was cordial when obedience was evident in both Adam and Eve in

their actions.

But afterwards the tempter came into their lives to persuade them to succumb to his deception. When the Lord called out to Adam, His response was I heard you in the Garden, I was afraid and hid from you, because I was naked. The voice of his conscience was clearly audible to him; he could not resist this. The Conscience is the faculty within each person that approves or condemns his/her actions, attitudes, etc.


Adam realized his nakedness, but does not identify himself with the sin, instead he put the blame on the woman (and indirectly on God); like-wise Eve also put the blame on the serpent. They all played the “blame game,” without going straight to the point— we have sinned against you Lord! Please help us out of this mess.” Most of the time when the voice of our conscience speaks, we may feel convicted, but most often attached to it is the “blame game”- someone else is made responsible for the condition we are in! A husband who slaps his wife over a simple misunderstanding and blames her for his sinful act, is just like Adam who ate the fruit and blamed God for the woman he gave him.


There are several ways in which our conscience may speak to us- one of the most powerful is through the authority of God’s Word. In Adam and Eve’s situation, it was God himself that was present. In our time He has given us His Word and the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and convict us of our mistakes and disobedience through the voice that speaks from within us through His Word with a deeper conviction.