The First Question
But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?"- Genesis 3:9
Have you ever found yourself lost, or even hiding intentionally? When I was a kid, playing in my grandparent's basement with my older cousins, there was a time I was stuck (or stuffed, I prefer not to remember or indict those that might be innocent) in a small, dark closet. Needless to say, I was afraid!
After what seemed like hours, which was likely just seconds, there came the voice of my father, "Where are you?" It was a courageous move, on his part, to face the torment of my older cousins and the dark nature of this particular closet! Nevertheless, my dad was fearless in the face of these evils and was set on a pursuit to find me. I didn't have the words at the time, but knowing he was close, brought such comfort, peace, and joy. That's the power of a loving father!
However, I can also remember moments of hiding and not wanting to be found. Regardless of my dad's calling, I tried to settle deeper into my hiding place. It wasn't because I was afraid of him; instead, I didn't want to be found because of my shame. I'm guessing this must have been similar to what Adam was feeling in the garden as God called out for him.
Now, consider this, God never asks a question for which He doesn't already know the answer. No matter how much deeper I try to settle into the darkest places of hiding, God pursues and asks, "Where are you?" There is absolutely nothing you have done or that has been done to you that He doesn't already know. He has comfort, peace, and joy to offer you. From what have you been hiding? Listen closely, for His voice calls, "Where are you?" In considering Adam's situation, at least he dared to answer! Will you?
Prayer: God, I thank you for your love, your pursuit, and the comfort your voice brings me. Today, may I hear your pursuit and have the courage to answer. In Jesus Name.