Topic: Where are you?
Text: Genesis 3:9 – 10
But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” Amen.
Adam and Eve had just eaten from the ‘forbidden’ tree and, sensing God’s presence in the Garden of Eden, they hid. God asked Adam a simple question, “Where are you?”
God probably asked this question so that Adam would have an opportunity to confess his sin and repent. It is like the way your parents called you by your middle name as they observed you do something so wrong that you both discussed was not best for you.
Interestingly, Adam indirectly blames God for giving him Eve, and directly blames the woman for giving him the ‘forbidden’ fruit to eat. Adam seems incapable of accepting responsibility for his actions. He insists on portraying himself as a victim of choices made by others.
Unfortunately, Adam would have fit right into our world. Ours is an age filled with Adams. We are becoming a nation of victims. Each of us is armed to the teeth with reasons why what we did was simply not really our fault.
We have become a generation who lack the ability to be remorseful, much as we hate to be put to shame. However, morally speaking, shame is neither embarrassment nor humiliation. It is a healthy emotional response to sin which should lead to repentance. It is the basic moral feeling that we have done something very wrong and ought to do something to make things right.
God is asking you a simple question this morning: Where are you? In your Christian Life, Marriage, Academics, and in your relationship with others; Where are you? Don’t evade the question or blame anyone else. Tell him where you are, and ask Him to, by His mercies, reach out to you and bring you with Him where you truly belong; Even His presence! See you at church.
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