“Where are you?”

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” – Genesis 3:9.

God knew what had happened that day in the Garden of Eden and He was concerned. He came looking for Adam and Eve. Of course He knew they were hiding! He called to Adam, “Where are you?”

After their fall, they should have been walking up and down the garden! “Where are you, God? Where are you? We have blundered! We are confused, God! Help us! Save us!” should have been their cry. Instead, in their guilt and shame, and fearful of what God may do to them because of their disobedience, sin really, they ran away and hid among the trees.

When a child falls down and hurts itself and starts crying, its parents rush to comfort it. As the child grows up and hurts itself, it searches its parents for comfort. Adam and Eve were grownups and should have sought God for comfort. Instead, they hid themselves from Him. That is precisely what humanity has always been doing. When falling and failing, instead of looking for God for comfort and succor, they have run away and hidden themselves from Him.

When parents hear their child’s cry, they go searching for it and upon finding it, they pick it up and comforts it until the child isn’t hurting any more. So also God, our Father. He came searching for His lost children who had fallen and hidden themselves from Him. So much so that in their lost state they had all but forgotten God. But God hadn’t forgotten His creation, especially humans whom He had made in His image and likeness (see Genesis 1:26, 27). So, in the Person of Jesus Christ, God left His glory and came to earth, walking up and down as a human being, seeking for the lost with the intention of saving them.

Jesus said, “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.” – Matthew 18:11; Luke 19:10.

So, where are we? Have we found our Savior or are we lost? If we are lost or hiding from God, we need to –

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon. – Isaiah 55:6, 7.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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