God revealed something really special to me recently out of Genesis 3. It’s in God’s initial reaction to Adam and Eve’s sin.
They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” – Genesis 3:8-9 NASB
I get the sense that this was a daily meeting of the Father and the first family. They regularly walked in the garden. The Father created them for this very reason, to commune with them, to walk with them. He wanted to hear their thoughts and wanted to share His heart with them.
But on this day, He showed up for their walk and they were hiding from Him. (That makes me chuckle a little, hiding from God.)
Was God aware of their sin? Yes.
Did He know where they were? Yes.
Here’s the thing that blew me away… Even though they had sinned, God showed up for their walk in the garden. He didn’t hide from them, they hid from Him. He was there, like the Father of the prodigal, ready to have them back. His heart was already set on reconciliation before the full weight of what they had done began to dawn on them.
This stands out to me.
The Fathers reacted to sin with remedy and reconciliation NOT wrath and retaliation. Again, as with the prodigal, He stood at the end of the drive watching for His son and daughter to come back to Him.
There were consequences for their actions, but God did not cut them off from communion with Him. He came to them, the same way He had for–who knows how long. How long before they sinned? Days, weeks, years, decades? I guess that’s none of our business, eh?
Today, don’t let sin stand between you and God for another minute. He has already taken down the wall that separates you by the blood of Jesus. He’s standing at the end of the path just waiting for you to turn back toward Him. His arms are open wide and He’s ready to throw the best party at your return.
He’s not angry with you. Not even a little.
…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. – 2 Corinthians 5:19 NASB
Come home today.
See ya’ again soon.