By Swapnil Ray, India
But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” —Genesis 3: 9-10
We all know that Genesis 3 records the first sin committed by Adam and Eve. But therein, we’ll also find some important truths that will help us to know our God better.
To begin, let’s ask a simple question: Why did God ask Adam where he was?
We know that nothing is hidden from our God, so why would He ask such a question? The answer reveals the wonderful character of our God. For though He knows everything—what Adam did—yet He came looking for this lost sheep.
Interestingly, He did not punish Adam instantly. This shows us that God gives us every opportunity to turn back to Him in repentance. He was waiting for Adam to confess his sin and to ask Him for forgiveness. However, Adam justified his actions. Instead of being ashamed of his sin, Adam was ashamed of his nakedness. And to make matters worse, he blamed Eve for his mistake.
But despite all these, God in His grace promised a Savior (Genesis 3:15). He took innocent animals and shed their blood. He clothed Adam and Eve in garments made from the animals’ skins. This was a foreshadowing of what Jesus Christ would do for us by dying on the cross for our sins.
That day in the Garden of Eden, He came looking for Adam to find the lost sheep. Today, He is still seeking the lost ones, waiting eagerly for them to return to Him.
When we feel neglected and alone, may we remember that our Lord knows everything and is asking us today, “Where are you?”