Genesis 3:8–9 (ESV)
And 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. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
As I continue to read the Scriptures I am convinced that God designed the world he created for us to be a classroom. The opening chapters of Genesis provide a lot of insight into this world.
One insight is this, when humans do something wrong they try to hide it. Apparently it’s been this way from the beginning. After the first rule ever given to people was broken, the people who broke the rule hid.
What happens when you play “hide and go seek” with God?
Hiding from God has been around since the beginning. It was the first thing Adam and Eve attempted to do after “the fall.” Thousands of years later mankind still has a tendency to hide from God. Sometimes we hide by not going to a weekly church gathering, other times we just try to act like nothing has happened. We even tend to try and hide from God together when we know we have sinned. We find other people with the same types of sins we have and attempt to find some solace or acceptance as we hide together. None of this seems to be new. There is also another similarity.
God pursued Adam and Eve
Scripture reveals the amazing truth that God, the sovereign, all knowing God of creation didn’t separate Himself from them; God came pursuing them after they had broken relationship with Him by sinning. God knew that the relationship between He and mankind had been broken through sin. He knew the implications. He knew the devastation that would follow after the fall. His decision, His very nature was to pursue that which He valued. He valued rhem (and is) even their rebellion. That is fascinating.
Still, more amazing…
God provided the revelation through Scripture that He is still a God that pursues people who have sinned and broken the relationship with Him.
Jesus didn’t come to take pity upon some lowly worthless worms. Jesus came to pursue His creation. Jesus came to redeem (purchase us from slavery) and restore the relationship with God. Jesus called sinners “friends.” Jesus healed the sick (unclean). Jesus came to shepherd His creation.
So…when you decide to play “hide and go seek” with God don’t forget this: