Where Are You?

Genesis 3:9—”Then the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’

If God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere at one time, why would He ask a question? When we ask each other questions, it’s usually to gain knowledge, but when God asks a question, it’s to teach a valuable lesson. Here He wanted the first man, Adam, to understand why God created him and what He designed humans to do.

God created humanity for three purposes: to be in fellowship with God, to govern over animals and the earth, and to be fruitful and multiply. That’s what we’re designed to do—but it’s not where we are. When you look at the world, it doesn’t take long to figure out that most humans aren’t in fellowship with God, or even with each other, and Genesis 3:1-10 explains why that is. Satan took the form of a serpent and said to Eve, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any o the trees in the garden?” Eve said, “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” Eve overanalyzed what God had said—He said not to eat the fruit, but He never said not to touch it.

Eventually, the serpent convinced Eve to eat the fruit that was forbidden. Adam was with her, and he also ate the fruit. The Bible says, “At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves…they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He replied, ‘I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.’” The first man and the first woman chose to believe Satan, the lie-giver, over God, the Life-Giver.

Sinning—missing the mark of God’s glorious standard—causes shame and fear. Satan wants us to miss the mark so that we stay where we are. We hide behind masks, just like Adam and Eve tried to hide from God. Bitterness, success, regret, addictions, and superficial religion are all masks we wear. Sometimes the masks are passive: laziness, lack of purpose, gossip, jealousy, loneliness. Other times, the masks are aggressive: power, dominance, stealing, cheating, anger.

God always provides answers to His questions. He created us to be leaders, to govern the earth, to be in fellowship with Him—and not to wear masks. God calls us out from where we are so He can forgive us by His grace through Jesus. For our problem of sin, He gave Jesus as a sacrifice in our place. Through Christ we are born again—we have a spiritual birth by the Holy Spirit. We are set free so we can do the things God created for us to do.

John 3:16-21—”For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.

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