Where Are You?

After the man and woman ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, from which they were commanded not to eat;

“…the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. So the LORD God called out to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’

And he said, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”

(Genesis 3:8-10)

God didn’t lead with anything accusatory, instead, he asked the man, “where are you?” and let the man assess his own situation. After all, that’s what the man was doing anyway: the man was improvising a covering for himself based on the spiritual construct he had just adopted, or maybe I should say, ingested. That the time of day was mentioned suggests to me that maybe the LORD God walked through the garden at that time as a matter of routine. Therefore, you could say that the man split from the rhythm.

“Where are you?”

Are you hiding in a coping place of your own desperate fabrication? Are you afraid because of your own sense of imperfection or inadequacy? Have the defenses you built out of desperation buried your heart and walled you off from grace?

See also:

Adam and Eve and sin

Moving Forward


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