“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?'” (Genesis 3:9)
Did God really not know where Adam and Eve were? Is it possible that the omniscient, omnipresent God who called the universe into existence was clueless to His beloved creation’s whereabouts and actions? Not a chance. I believe God was asking Adam, “Do YOU know where you are?” “Do you realize what you have done?” They had walked with God every day in the goodness of His creation, but now thought they needed to avoid their Creator. They hid their bodies from one another and tried to hide themselves from God. Sound familiar?
When you and I fall to the temptation of the enemy, when we surrender to sin, our first inclination is to hide, to cover ourselves so God can’t see our shame and to avoid Him at all costs. Do I really think that He is unaware of my actions? Do you think God doesn’t see you cowering in the bushes? We can’t hide from Him. We can’t cover it up. But that is a gift, not a source of fear. When David sinned, he tried to dismiss it, but it was futile. “I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me” (Psalm 51:3). You know that too. We can try to dodge it and hide it and pretend it didn’t happen, but it’s always there. When he finally came clean with God, confessed his sin with brokenness and sorrow, he found sweet forgiveness. His spirit was renewed, joy was restored and he now had a testimony of redemption. (See Psalm 51)
Where are you? What are you trying to hide? God knows. It’s time to bring your sin out of hiding. God will forgive you. God will restore your joy and turn your failure into a beautiful testimony. Come out of the bushes Beloved, your God stands ready with arms open wide.