Can you play hide and seek with God?
I mean, how could you hide from Him? One of the Big Bible “Omni’s” is God is Omniscient- All Knowing. Yet, in Genesis 3:9, God asked Adam and Eve, “Where are you?” Huh? Can’t He find them?
Actually, I think He wants them to ask themselves that question, to look around and see where they are at that moment.
Let’s look at the background. The story can be divided into two sections:
1. Before the Fall- BF – THE NAKED AND FROLICKING TIME
BF, the happy couple walked in the garden with God. They knew nothing about guilt, shame, sin. . .Nothing. As a matter of fact, Genesis 2:25 says, “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
You may say, “The human body is beautiful and nothing to be ashamed of.” I agree. So, let’s make a pact. Tomorrow, we’ll all go to work or school . . . naked. No way!
Another amazing thing about BF, God walked with them in the garden. I know, I know. God walks with you. We have songs that proclaim it. “And He walks with me and He talks with me . . .” etc. This was different. This happy couple frolicked like innocent children in the presence of God. Have you ever seen a two year old, parading around the house after a bath; naked and unashamed? That was Adam and Eve.
But then the Fall comes.
2. Let’s talk AF (After the Fall). THE HIDING TIME
Genesis 3:7-8 “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; . . .And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”
“Where are you?” God asked.
Hiding from the presence of God. Ashamed and naked. The consequence of sin.
You know what? We hide from the presence of God, because of our sin, hoping He won’t see us Spiritually naked. We want the benefits of God without walking with Him. It doesn’t work that way. Jesus met the woman at the well. Before He’d give her what she requested, he asked her to go get her husband, knowing she was living in an adulterous relationship. Woman, where are you? Peter, after he’d denied Jesus, is confronted by the risen Savior, asking if he loved Him? Peter, where are you?
God wants to walk with you. In order for this to happen, He asks that question- Where are you? If you are walking away from God, there’s good news. You can turn back to Him. You can change where you are and experience new blessings!
2 Corinthians 5:17. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Do a Spiritual self-examination. Where Are You?