Can you just imagine what the Garden of Eden must have been like for Adam? Walking with God everyday. Everything in perfect harmony. Never needing anything but always having enough? It is hard for us to even begin to entertain those ideas because we live in constant suffering, always focused on our own troubles and what we do not have.
Adam went from a life of luxury and joy to a life of hardship and sorrow. He went from walking with God and enjoying the pleasures of the garden with Eve, to mourning the death of his son Abel and the bitterness of Cain. So what changed? Sin. Sin brought death into the world and divided God from man. It was the reason God had to send Jesus to die on the cross and suffer, so that our relationship with God could be mended. Now we live in this broken, earthly world and are waiting to join God in heaven and walk with Him once again. 2 Corinthians 5:1 says, “For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.” While this earthly body is but a tent that we temporarily reside in, we look forward to the permanent house we will live and abide in with God forever in heaven.
He will make all things new. He will bring restoration to the broken. He will once again walk side by side with His creation. Until that day, we set our eyes on things eternal instead of earthly things, and we live according to the promises He has given.