“Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)

Life seems so full of questions, sometimes trivial: “What shall I wear today?”, sometimes serious and challenging: “What is this cancer doing to me?”, What am I going to do now I’ve lost my job?” Thankfully, not all of us have to face these serious questions. But the Bible presents us with some serious and challenging questions which all of us must face up to. In this issue, we will consider the first question addressed by God to man, “Where are you?” In future issues, it may be possible to consider other important Bible questions.

Adam and Eve had disobeyed God’s command and hid themselves rather than face Him when He came down to speak with them in the Garden of Eden, as seemed to be His practice in those happier days of innocence. I am often asking my wife, “Where are my glasses?” That’s because I don’t really know where I last put them! An omniscient God did not need to ask where Adam and Eve were. He already knew! But in His love for them, He wanted them to know where they were, in their broken relationship with Him. In His heart, His beloved Son was already the “lamb …. foreordained before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:19, 20). Through His death at Calvary, the Lord Jesus would lay the basis for a restoration of that relationship, not only for Adam and Eve, but also for all those who would put their trust in Him as Saviour.

I wonder, where are you in your relationship with God? Enoch lived some time after Adam and Eve. Of him we read, “Enoch walked with God” (Genesis 5:24). May you know the blessing of daily walking with God.