“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
Where Are You?
After Adam and Eve ate from the tree God commanded them not to, they went into hiding. Does this sound familiar? Certainly! We find ourselves doing this; when we sin, we seem to want to be everywhere else but God’s presence. We do everything we can to escape God, neither do we want Him to find us; we hide, run in the opposite direction, away from the one place that is meant to restore us.
Was God not aware of what Adam and Eve had done when He walked in the garden in the cool of the day; did He not know they had sinned? Of course, He did! He knew about their sin but before we ever began to pursue God, He pursued us. Nothing can ever quench the fire in God’s heart that burns to be in a personal relationship with us, even when we mess up.
When God asks, “Where are you?” it is Him saying I long for fellowship with you. Despite our sin, failures, religiousness, and efforts, He refuses to give up. Do you think God would have returned to His throne if Adam and Eve had not come out of hiding? Never! He is the God who pursues us relentlessly. Until the day we take our last breath, He will trail our steps with love.
Isn’t it amazing that no matter how many times this world may speak against Him, He keeps on coming to do what He has always done; to meet us wherever we are. Think about how many times the children of Israel denounced God yet notwithstanding all of that rejection and hiding from generation to generation, He ultimately came in His Son Jesus Christ. No matter how many times we cry out in protest, His love won’t relent.
This love is for you. It’s for me. It’s for all sinners; it should bring us to our knees and confess before Him our lukewarmness, our sins! It should make us sing out from the bottom of our hearts with gratitude for a love that is not shaken.
Father, I thank You for pursuing me in spite of my failures. Thank You for never giving up and for the privilege to fellowship with You in Jesus’ name,