“But the LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ Genesis 3:9
“And he said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?’” Genesis 3:11
Like Adam and Eve in the garden, we do not intend to sin. Most of us do not sit around contemplating ways to do the wrong thing. So, if we do not set out to make bad choices that cause us hurt and harm, why do we mess up over and over? It’s simple really, we are impulsive and do not like to wait. Impulsive decisions happen quickly and often seem to be the best course of action. It is this impulsiveness that leads us to get caught up in the moment disregarding our knowledge of the consequences.
Adam and Eve’s decision to eat the forbidden apple in Genesis is a prime example of how easy it is for people to exchange God’s generosity for momentary satisfaction. We remember not what we already have, but what we want. After all, the apple looked so delicious and sooo juicy – how could they resist? How unfair it was that they, the first man and woman created, could not eat the fruit from a particular tree! Alas – they took a bite! We all understand what happens next… We all know how it feels to think “Oh no, what is going to happen now!”
When we sin, we have two options – hide or come clean. What choice did the garden duo make? Let’s read and see:
“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8
God was fully aware of their decision to eat the apple and He knew where they were hiding. Yet, God still asked, “Where are you?” This question prompted Adam to admit he was afraid of what God was going to do. God then asked Adam what he had been up to and Adam admitted to eating the apple from the forbidden tree.
The truth is we can only hide from God so long until our sin finds us out. How does this happen? Our sin finds us out because we feel far away from God; areas of our life begin to show signs of strain and disconnect. Life just does not seem to flow as smoothly when we are aware of an area of our life that is out of order, but do not take the steps necessary to get better.
We must acknowledge God’s grace is bigger than any problem we have and His power can help us conquer anything.
When we go through a season of sin – addictions, lies, or ungodly alignments – God asks us not “Where are you?” but rather “Where have you been?” We have been deeply missed and God desires us to return to His loving arms.
Acknowledging that we have set other people, things, or emotions in God’s rightful place, allows us to be forgiven and opens the door for our gracious return. I encourage you not to wait any longer, but to press restart, openly answer the questions, “Where have you been?” and “What have you been doing?” and feel the forgiveness that only Jesus can provide.