Genesis 3:8-9 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, Adam?
At humanity’s greatest point of failure man hid and God went looking for him. This reveals a beautiful attribute of God’s character. He has no desire to leave us alone and afraid…even in our worst moment he still wants to be with us.
But notice his method to get the man back on track – “Where are you, Adam?”
It has been said, and I believe rightly so, that God didn’t ask this question because he needed information. God knows everything, including Adam’s location! I believe God’s purpose in asking Adam this was to help Adam understand where he was. It was only from this point that fellowship would begin to be restored.
As I have some quiet time today, I think it’s a great question for me as well. Where am I? Not my physical location, but where am I spiritually? How’s my heart? What things would God like to work with me on internally so that our relationship would be sweeter? What hindrances are keeping us from being closer?
Great questions – healthy self-analysis and not toxic self-condemnation – and a good God ready to forgive and heal. Ready to do whatever necessary to be with the ones He loves.
So, where are you, Adam?