8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” 11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
God’s question to Adam and Eve “Where are you?” was really a call to intimacy, it’s quite obvious that He already knew where they were! God still asks us that same question, “where are you?” If you were to answer that question what would you say? What is really going on in your life? It’s not a location question like God has lost track of you! It’s a REFLECTIVE question – intended to cause us to reflect on where we are really at, not physically but relationally. Answering this question requires getting real with ourselves. Adam needed to deal with where he was at relationally, he needed to get real with where he was at.
He was hiding in the trees – Trapped behind the leaves, trying to cover things up instead of walking freely with God. He was hiding his sin instead of running to the Father seeking forgiveness. His mind was consumed with excuses, doing anything he could to keep from admitting he had done wrong instead of apologies. His lips were filled with blame instead of confession. Instead of enjoying relationships he was destroying them.
Sin affects our intimacy, it destroys our relationships, so we don’t want to be alone with God we want to hide. The fruit looked better than fellowship. How true that is for us there are many shiny things that distract us from walking with God. Adam hid from God because he couldn’t face up to what was happening. He thought “If I hide here and cover myself up before He sees me…then he won’t know and I can pretend everything is fine.” No matter how many leaves he sewed together, he was still naked underneath. You can’t cover up your own sin, you need God. No matter how many things you get together, without God it’s never going to be enough. Our “fig leaves”, our good works, our own effort never cut it.
God knew Adam was afraid. He knew he was hiding, he knew he had sinned, yet He simply came to the garden as He did before, God didn’t change. He came looking to spend time with His friend, He came to offer man a relationship. He came with compassion asking Adam to come to Him and not hide in fear. God was simply asking why you are not coming to me with this sin. Why are you turning from me?
Today God does this with us. We all have hidden at one point or another. We try to avoid the reality that we need to come to God. But the truth is God is waiting for us, not to judge us, but to rescue us. He loves us even in our darkest moments. What would have happened had Adam stayed hidden when God called? Adam would have remained naked. He would have spent the rest of his life working to cover up his sin. He would have spent his life hiding in the shadows. He would have missed the opportunity to be free to come to God and to allow God to heal his relationship so they could walk together again.
How long do you want to hide? Do you like doing life cold, naked, and alone?
What will you do? Is there something causing you to hide from God? Are you pretending you can get those fig leaves sewn together and then be ok? Is God calling and asking “Where are you?” Come to God. Face the truth now. Admit where you are and let God do the fixing. I am so thankful that I have a God who still seeks. He sent Jesus to seek and to save. We have a God that KNOWS, We have a God that SEES, We have a God that CARES
Stop hiding from God and start HIDING THIS: Psalms 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you
Start SEEKING THIS Deuteronomy 4:29
But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him