“Where are you?” God asks Adam. This question is not about where Adam and Eve are hiding. Something bigger than that is happening here.
Genesis 1 and 2 give the glorious account of our creative God creating everything—including us human beings. Then Genesis 3 tells of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, their fall into sin, which now infects all of us. The fruit looked delicious and desirable, but all it revealed was that they were naked. They tried to hide from God in their shame, making simple garments of fig leaves. Where were they? To answer God’s question, they were lost.
God’s footsteps echoed in the garden, and his voice boomed, “Where are you?” God knew, but they needed to know they were lost.
“Who told you that you were naked?” God asked. Like naughty children, they tried the blame game. “The woman you put here gave me the fruit,” whimpered Adam. “The serpent (you made) fooled me,” Eve whined.
Today God still asks, “Where are you?” I heard it when I was in college; I was lost, vulnerable, and scared. God pursued me into my wilderness, where the haunting question suddenly turned comforting. He wasn’t out to get me into trouble but to give me the promise that he’d provided a Savior, his Son. “Stay where you are. I’ve sent my Son for you!” God assured me. Do you know this God, who desires to be with you?