Genesis 3:9-10 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “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.”
Never before had Adam been afraid. Or ashamed. Or hiding from God. All of these were consequences of his sin. None of them existed in his original unfallen state. And God intends that none of them exist in the new creation. Here’s a bit of proof:
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 2:18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
We were not made to live apart from Him. He designed us to crave and delight in nearness to Him.
If you have drifted away, maybe even ventured into disobedience, can you hear Him calling, “where are you”? If you are hiding, He Is seeking. Don’t run from Him. Don’t hide. There is perfect blood to wash away every stain and every fear so that you can once again delight in Him.
We are designed to live near to the heart of God. Amen! It’s significant that the first direct quote of God to man is, “Where are you?” It certainly shows where His heart is.
Sis, the Holy Spirit ministered to me about this subject just this morning! God is good!
It does show His heart and it’s something that seems to be so difficult for us to realize – that He loves us and wants us near.
Wow! Just saw your post on this too—so good!!! I think He really wants us to get this.