When Beth and I were raising our four boys, there were many times we would need to call out to them to see where they were and what they were doing. They recognized and knew our voices and they knew the tone of our voices, too.
If we called out and used their first name, they understood we simply wanted to know where they were and that they were OK. If we called to them using their “full given name” they knew they were in trouble. I am sure many parents and grandparents can relate. I know when my dad or mom used my full given name I had two choices to run and hide or face the music and get the discipline over with. Usually, I responded to their call by showing up and facing the music. Sometimes, I would take a little longer getting there because I knew I was in trouble and I hoped that by the time I got to them, their temper might have subdued a bit.
In Genesis 3:9, God calls out to Adam and Eve and says “Where are you?” I doubt that God didn’t know where they were. After all, He is God and He knows everything — even where Adam and Eve were hiding. But He asks the question, not in regards to their physical location, but as to their spiritual condition. They had just disobeyed God and the Bible says they hid themselves from God.
Can you imagine a person actually thinking they can hide themselves from God? Yet, we do almost every day, don’t we? We seem to actually believe that we can get away with it because God didn’t do anything when we did what we knew was wrong. We think we can live our lives without God and everything will work out alright. We think that God doesn’t see us when we don’t read our Bibles, don’t spend time in prayer, don’t go to church on a regular basis or don’t try to live the Christian life.
Guess what? He sees all and He knows all and there is nothing we can do or not do that He doesn’t know about. When God met them in the Garden, His words did include correction and consequence for their disobedience, but He also extended grace to them and gave them hope in the promise of a Savior. (Genesis 3:15)
See, God is always ready to forgive us. I think we forget that. He is always ready to forgive us because He loves us. We are His creation and if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we belong to Him. He wants to see us love Him and follow Him and I have to believe it breaks His heart when we go off and do our “own thing.”
Where are you, today? Are you off doing your own thing? Are you putting the things of this world before the things of God? Are you trying to be the Captain of your ship, only to be facing the “Storms of Life” by yourself without an anchor to hold? Are you so consumed in the things the world has to offer and the things God has to offer are taking second place in your life? We always have time for what we want to do, but seldom find time for what God wants us to do.
When is the last time you were in church praising and worshiping the One who provides you with eternal life? Thanking Him for everything He provides for you and your family? Maybe, like Adam and Eve, you and your family are away from God. It’s never too late to come back. If you’ve been out of His will, why not get back in it? Why not start today? “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I. John 1:9)
Plan on being in your home church this Sunday and turning your life back over to God. He is waiting with open arms.
He doesn’t want to have to “look” for us. He knows where we are and what we are trying to hide. He reaches out to us with forgiveness ready to give, and He longs for us to hear (and know) His voice.
And that is Something to Think About for this week. Blessings.
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Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.