They heard footsteps. They were frightened. They hid. Then, they began blaming one another for where their lives were at this point.
God asked this man and woman this question:
Where are you?
They hid because they had disobeyed God. God had given them the freedom to enjoy a wonderful creation. He did tell them not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He is God after all.
Yet, they chose to ignore what he said.
How would we respond to this same question?
- Some of us may hide. We are doing fine. Everything is wonderful!
- Some of us may blame. I know this isn’t right, but after what my husband did to me, you can’t blame me for ….
- Some of us may be fearful. What if I try this and it doesn’t work?
- Some of us may deny that anything is wrong. I haven’t done anything wrong. I’m a good person!
Yet, when God asks “Where are you,” he really wants us to think. He wants us to take a good look at where we really are.
Perhaps you and I need to reflect on some of these questions:
- Where am I in my relationship with the Lord?
- Where am I in my marriage? Am I loving my spouse in a way that brings delight to his/her heavenly father?
- Where am I with my children? Are they better able to grasp the character of God by looking at my life?
- Where am I with this world? Do I pray for others? Am I following Jesus and genuinely living for others?
(See Genesis 3: 1-13)
What has been helpful in re-centering your life on occasion? Are there any particular habits or disciplines that have been helpful?