Where are you? I find myself wondering where your adventures have led! Are you hiding? Are you in the shadows of fear, guilt, and shame? Feeling unworthy and low-esteemed. The gospel is you don’t have to remain hidden; hide no more, for God is calling on you. Here is why:
God created Adam in His likeness and image. Adam and Eve enjoyed communion with God. Love formed the basis of their relationship, deeply rooted in the principle of free will.
Until one day Eve ate the fruit they were commanded not to and gave to Adam also, and he did eat. The rob of light was lifted, revealing their nakedness. Shame and guilt overcame them, prompting them to hide.
“But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”(Genesis 3:9)NIV
When God asked Adam where he was, it wasn’t because he didn’t know where Adam was. It was because He wanted Adam to realize his fallen state. This was God on a mission to seek the fallen biengs.
Throughout history, God has continued to ask, “Where are you, my dear daughter?” “Where are you, my dear son?”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”(John 3;16)NIV
God unleashes His mission in the New Testament through Jesus Christ’s incarnation. One thing that amazes me about God is His grace, how he died for us while we were still sinners.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5;8)NIV
Jesus came not to seek and save those who were faultless and lovely, but to seek and save those who were lost. Where are you?
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”(Luke 19;10)NIV
When God asks a question, it’s not for us to respond but to reflect. Reflect on how many steps we have taken away from His love sin. Probably there is someone in a place where they feel like the burden of sin is too heavy for them, just like David says when he writes:
For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.(Psalm 38:4 )NIV
God is calling you today. Where are you? He asks. I know the burden is too heavy for you.” Come,” he says, though your sins are as red as scarlet, they shall be as snow. Though they are like crimson, they will be like wool. He pleads, “Come, you who are heavy-laden, come, and I will give you rest.” Come to him as you are, come.
Chief of sinners though I be, Jesus shed his blood for me. Died that I might live on high, Lives that I might never die, As the branch is to the vine, I am his and he is mine.