Genesis 3:9 (NKJV) Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
When I was a little boy I loved to play hide-and-seek with my friends, I remember always trying to find a new place to hide but someone would eventually find me. Then, when it is my turn to find them, they would go to a place that I would eventually find them. The joy of hiding was so much but the joy of being found really created a greater sense of joy!
That is what it’s like when we try to hide from God. In the Garden of Eden, God called out to Adam, “Where are you?” But God knew exactly where Adam was. And the Lord knew exactly what Adam had done. God wasn’t asking Adam this question because He was clueless and looking for information. The Lord was leading Adam into a relationship that Adam needed more than anything. What question is the Lord asking you these days?
By asking “Where are you?” God was saying, in effect, “Well, Adam, how is it going? How did that work out for you—the whole sin thing? Was I right on this, or was I wrong? How are you feeling about it? Is this good? Did I tell you the truth, or did the Devil lie to you?” We all will need to answer these questions and concerns as related to our relatiosnhip with the Lord.
God wanted Adam and Eve to confess what they had done so He could set it right, because God cannot forgive a sin that has not been confessed. The Bible says in ( I John 1:9), “If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” What does it mean to confess our sin? The word confess used in this verse means “to agree with.”
And what is God’s opinion of sin? The Lord rejects our sin but Love His children.
What else does God think of sin? It offends the Lord, so we have to see sin that way, stop rationalizing it and justifying it, and start saying, “God, Your opinion of sin is right. I agree with You. I reject it and need to handle it. It was wrong for me to do, right now I am sorry for it.” Until we come to this conclusion about our sin, it will separate us from God.
Where are you in your relatoinship with God? Where are you in your life? Where are you in relationship with those in your immediate family? These are some questions I think must be answered!
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.