Where are you?
It’s the first question we have recorded in the book of Genesis that God asks Adam. And there is a whole lot of irony in the question. Where is Adam? Well, he and Eve are hiding in the bushes … covered by the bushes … because of their shame once they found out they were naked. Don’t think for a moment that God did not know where the pair were or that he had no idea what had transpired just prior to his inquiry. No, he was waiting to see what Adam had to say about his new-found circumstances.
But the question is still put out there. Where are you?
I can remember playing hide-n-seek around the house as a child. You would yell out the numbers as you leaned against the tree that was base, anxious to go find your fellow game-players. But on occasion, the hiding spots would be too creative and after a few moments, the seeker would just give up. One time, the one hiding was left for a considerable amount of time (5 minutes if you had a clock, 2 hours if you were the hider…) because the one seeking simply went inside to play a different game.
Here’s the thing. For the rest of our reading through Scripture, we are going to hear God ask and see him demonstrate this question over and over again. Even to this day he continues to ask: Where are you.
It isn’t because he doesn’t know about you.
It is because he longs for you to know him.
Where are you?
Someone has said that all sin is basically the result of our idolatry: we want to put ourselves in the position that only God has a right to occupy. How do we see that in the life of Eve? What examples can you give that support this idea in your own world?
What do you make of John the Baptist in Matthew’s gospel? Is he crazy and seemingly out of his mind? Or, is he simply fulfilling the role (in both words, actions, and dress) of the prophet seeking to bring people back to the Kingdom of God? Why is understanding John the Baptist important?
The kings of the nations are said to be angry and against God in Psalm 2, seeking to throw off his rule. The suggestion they are given, however, is to “act wisely!” How can we equip and encourage our civic leaders to act wisely, even when they may not be followers of God?
Do you despise wisdom? How can be sure we are not doing so and as a result, becoming fools?