Lent Devotion #4
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
[Genesis 3: 6-9]
God knows everything– He is omnipotent. God created all things, and by His power everything is alive and functions. Which is why God’s question in this passage is cause for us to pause and reflect. Why, if He knows everything, did God ask Adam and Eve “where are you”? In this passage, we find Adam and his wife hiding because they are afraid. Why are they afraid? Because they disobeyed God and the consequence for their disobedience would be death. They were afraid because they sinned. This is the product of sin- sin always breeds fear and shame. The word tells us that Adam walked with God in the cool of the day. God would meet Adam and they were in fellowship. But after Adam acts against God’s commands, he hides among the trees in fear and shame. Sin severs our relationship with God. It cuts it and seeks to isolate us unto ourselves. That is after all what the flesh wants- itself. But the remarkable response of an all knowing God was that He came and asked Adam and Eve, “where are you”. God gives them a chance to confess- to surrender. How amazing that instead of responding in wrath, God responds with a chance- a chance to redeem the relationship. As a child who has done wrong comes before a loving father, so we have been given the chance to bring our fear and shame before an infinitely loving God. This is the gospel- that while we were yet sinners, GOD DID NOT RELENT. Paul writes about this response of God in Ephesians:
“4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ”
During this lent season, let us ask ourselves this same question. Where are you? How is your christian walk going? Maybe you feel like you need another chance to start new. Our God is a god of second-second chances. Today God is asking you this question, just as he asked Adam and Eve. Where are you? Let us confess our shortcomings, fears, and shame to a loving father. In our hiding, God calls out for us, and as sheep we hear his voice. Let us not delay in confessing ourselves to Him. He is a good father; He will surely receive us as we are.
Prayer: Forgiving Father, help me. I have fallen so many times, and I am struggling in many areas of my life. Rescue me by the power of your blood. Here I am Lord- broken, afraid, shameful, unworthy. Help me to confess my shortcomings and find peace in your love. Thank you for your grace, Amen.