But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9 NIV).
If this call never came! What would have happened? Think about it. Hope would die; killed instantaneously and without mercy.
“Where are you?” Most of us would dread such a call from God. It is true that He calls out to us because we are hiding. We are hiding because we have sinned. We are hiding because we fear His wrath. But in our innermost being we fear not being called thus by God.
Without such a call from Him, life loses its meaning. For we were created to have fellowship with Him. Remember, God was walking in the garden in the cool of the day when He first called thus. In our modern terms, He came to spend an evening with Adam and Eve. But they were hiding.
In that sense, “Where are you?” is a call to renewal of fellowship. Of course, sin has to be dealt with first. Our methods are not enough. We have to accept God’s method of dealing with sin. And then only will be able to continue to have fellowship with God.
We should be amazingly thankful to God for those three words He spoke: “Where are you?” It is a call that brings us back to our senses. It reminds us of the great wrong we have done. It reminds us of lost things in life which are eternal in nature. But it also reminds us that He has provided a way to get back to Him. It reminds us of the great pain which we cause God when we sin. Therefore, the call, “Where are you?” is God’s cry of anguish over our sin and at the same time His invitation to us to get back to Him, today. The absence of such a call means separation forever and spells D.E.A.T.H., but the hearing of it means L.I.F.E.