Where are you?
God asked Adam and Eve, “Where are you?” (Gen. 3:9b NKJV)
He knew full well where they were.
But Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command. Well, actually, Adam did first. Because God commanded Adam, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen. 2:16-17 NKJV)
Knowing this, Adam did nothing to stop Eve from eating the fruit or giving him the fruit to eat. After those fateful bites, they “heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” (Gen. 3:8a NKJV)
Uh-oh. Here come da judge! (If you don’t get that, you’re too young!)
What does that verse mean? Let’s see.
The word for heard means to hear, listen, perceive, hear intelligently with the implication of attention and obedience, etc.
The word for sound means voice, to call aloud. Walking also means proceed.
Obviously, you cannot hear someone’s voice walking. They heard God calling out as His voice proceeded through the garden. A familiar sound. They knew His voice, for He had walked with them daily in an intimate relationship.
“Where are you?”
When they heard God’s voice, Adam and Eve hid behind the trees in the garden. Why? Because their eyes “were opened, and they knew that they were naked.” (Gen. 3:7 NKJV) Naked before the eyes of God.
Then, God called out to Adam, “‘Where are you?’ So he said, ‘I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Gen. 3:8b-10 NKJV)
The definition of hid also means withdraw. They withdrew from the presence of God to conceal themselves.
But no one can hide from God.
God says, “Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so that I cannot see him?” (Jer. 23:24a NKJV) The obvious answer is no, for God’s “eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps,” (Job 34:21 NKJV) for “The Lord sees everything you do. Wherever you go, he is watching.” (Prov. 5:21 GNT)
Hiding was no cover. Their disobedience revealed their nakedness. Innocence died. The glory-covering God gave them vanished.
Failure to obey brought the necessity for another covering. Only the blood of a sacrificial animal would now suffice. So God made long, shirt-like garments out of animal skins for them.
Don’t you just know they were lambs’ skins?
Where are you?
And God says to me, “Where are you?”
So where am I? Have I withdrawn from God’s presence? Am I trying to hide behind a tree or a fig leaf?
But I cannot hide from Him. He knows where I am. It’s not a question of location of one’s body but a question of residence of one’s heart. If I’m not vigilant, the body will follow the heart where it shouldn’t go.
I hope I never give God a reason to say to me, “But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this?” (Judges 2:2b AMPC)
Does He need to ask…Where are you?
Are you where you need to be? Or are you trying to hide behind a tree or a fig leaf?
Have you withdrawn from God’s presence? Don’t wait for the Judge to show up. Come out of hiding. Get back into your garden-relationship with the Lord. You have a glory covering: the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Blessings of being where you should be…Lynn