The Second Question
And God said, “Who told you that you were naked?” - Genesis 3:11
My hope is you’ve already been hearing God’s pursuit. Furthermore, I hope you had the courage to respond! God wants to go deeper with his questioning. Not because He doesn’t know the answer, but He longs for you to discover His goodness. In Adam’s case, he had responded to God’s original question with “I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid [Genesis 3:10]. Then God takes Adam deeper by asking, “Who told you that you were naked?”
Notice this. Originally, Adam was afraid which leads to his hiding. Regardless of any speculations to what his fear might have been, just like the first Adam, it is in our fears we experience shame and go into our hiding. In our fears we begin to believe lies as opposed to truth. And God asks, “Who told you that?” For Adam, the lies must have included somethings like God is to be feared and cannot be trusted. And God asks, “Who told YOU that?”
What are some of the things you’ve believed true about God which might be lies? Do you believe God can be trusted in all situations? Can He be trusted in YOUR situation? Do you live in fear of His punishment? I’d encourage you to make a list of some of the things you’ve believed to be true about God. If these beliefs stir any emotions other than comfort, peace, and joy, then you must name them to tame them. In the coming weeks, we will begin to dispel many of these lies “we’ve been told” by sharing the truths of a loving Father.
Prayer: God, I thank you for taking me deeper into my fears to uncover the lies I’ve been told. More importantly, I want to know your truth for who you really are. Show me your goodness today. In Jesus’ Name.