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?”
I have often thought that this question is the saddest question in all of Scripture. Just think about what it means. Do you think God asked Adam and Eve where they were because he didn’t know? Was he seriously inquiring as to their location? No. Not at all. I think his heart was broken over the fact that Adam and Eve had decided that he had withheld something good from them. They didn’t trust him to have their best interest at heart. His question wasn’t about location. It was about their relationship with him. “Where are you? Why are you not still with—I mean WITH—me? Did you really believe I, your Father, your good Father, would withhold blessings from you?” I think his heart was broken because they felt they had to hide from him. Because they felt that he wouldn’t love them anymore after what they had done.
Several years ago, something a family member said to me caused me to respond in a way that denied their feelings. I offered what I thought were logical solutions to those “incorrect” emotions. My well-intentioned advice broke our relationship to such an extent that I know only God can orchestrate healing. I pray for that to occur every day. I cannot take back what I said. I cannot undo what I did. I mourn our relationship, what it was, what it may never be again. How much more does God mourn our separation from him? How much more does he desire to restore our relationship with him?
There are consequences to our actions, repercussions to our words. I think that is why James tells us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19). But none of the consequences or repercussions include God leaving us to the punishment we deserve. Somehow, he loves us too much to leave us wondering where we are. Not only that, but he does not love us with a passive love that waits for us to come to our senses! (Good luck with that!) No, instead he seeks us out! He sent his only Son Jesus to provide us with a way back.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Have you ever felt like God was asking, “Where are you?” How would you answer that question?
Is there something in your life you are seeking an answer for, but you are not trusting God to find the best possible answer for you?
It may be helpful for you to journal an answer to the questions above. Be honest with yourself. God already knows where you are, but he won’t quit asking until you tell yourself the truth … if you listen.
Father, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I go make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn and settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me” (Ps. 139:7-10, NIV). You know where I am. Help me trust in your goodness and your overwhelming love for me. I want to be found in you. Amen.
This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people who God used to start CedarCreek 21 years ago, and was on staff until 2013. She and her husband Mike love to travel the country in their motor home with their kitties Jane & Mary. Lauri is passionate about prayer, and about helping women discover who they are in Christ. She doesn’t tweet but you can follow her and Mike’s adventures on Facebook.
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