"Where are you?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 3:8-13

Why did God ask Adam where he was? After all, doesn’t God know everything? God said that if they ate of the fruit they would surely die. Both Adam and Eve felt the consequences of their act. They died to their innocence and suddenly knew the difference between good and evil. They lost the good and then evil appeared! What is the evil that they experienced?

It is very difficult for us to imagine what they actually knew unless we remember how we felt when we broke God’s commandments the first time we stole something, told a lie, coveted another’s possessions, committed a wrongful sex act, hated someone, gossiped or lusted. We can see the destructive effects of sin’s conviction in the life of Judas Iscariot. His guilt drove him to commit suicide. We may not feel such guilt because we try to cover up our wrongs. Try as we might to deny our sin there is a moment of truth that comes to us as God asks, “Where are you?” When he asks the question it is not because he doesn’t know where we are. Rather, he wants to force us to see that we have become separated from him. To answer God’s question is to acknowledge our wrongs, accept his judgment about our lost relationship with him, and then see the need of his grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ.

PRAYER O God, help us to know that we are lost without you. In Christ’s name. Amen.