Within a few paragraphs, Adam and Eve have turned their backs on their Creator. It wasn't just disobedience. It was jealousy- they believed that eating the forbidden fruit would make them like Him. They turned their backs on God at the urging of His critic who suggested that God was keeping something from them. They stopped trusting their Creator, who is completely trustworthy.
The rest is history. Adam and Eve lost everything. They moved from a system in which God provided completely for them, to a world in which they had to provide for themselves. They wanted to be like God, but God was their provider. Being like Him meant they would have to provide for themselves. When we take matters into our hands that we should instead give to Him, there can be unintended consequences. It's the old, "be careful what you ask for" thing.
Adam and Eve left the abundance of the garden and entered the cold, cruel world. Genesis 3:23 describes it. But there's an odd passage just before that. It describes God lovingly making clothing from animal skins for them. The image is poignant- the Creator of the Universe, lovingly sewing animal skins together to make clothes for His two creatures. A cosmic Tailor, sewing warm and comfortable clothing, in preparation for the difficult lifelong journey that Adam and Eve would face.
Adam and Eve turned their backs completely on Him in the worst possible way. He didn't deserve it. There had to be consequences; otherwise, it would start them on a path that would have to lead to eternal destruction for both of them. When we turn our backs on our Creator, it's like a scuba diver abandoning his tank at 500 feet, or a skydiver abandoning his chute at 5000 feet. Eventually, it will kill them. It's hard for most of us to fathom because we tend to forget that everything we are, and everything we have comes from Him. We kid ourselves into thinking that we are self-made, but we're not. He created us, with the intent that we would remain connected to Him forever.
But despite this cataclysmic rejection, God still provided for them. He lovingly continued to provide for them. He knew that the path they had chosen would be difficult. And even though this path separated them from Him, He was still there for them, lovingly sewing together clothes for them, to help make this journey less difficult.
Have you ever rejected God? I have. I've done it time and time again. Typically, when I do it, there are consequences. My life begins to disintegrate. But eventually, I come to my senses. I realize that I am His. I was meant to stay in His will for me. When this happens, I repent and accept the forgiveness that He provided for me 2000 years ago, through His son, Jesus.
And He begins to lovingly sew the pieces of my life back together.