Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Genesis 3:9-10)
Considering that the All-knowing God asked the question, “Where are you?,” are we to consider that the Almighty had no idea of the man’s whereabouts? Obviously, He knew exactly where he was and, so, why the question?
Jewish commentary suggests the question was intended to provoke Adam to consider where he was in terms of his current status with God — attempting to hide from him. By asking the question He was inviting Adam to reflect on what had put him in this situation in the first place in an effort to produce a contrite heart.
Centuries later, through the prophet Isaiah, God implored Israel to consider their situation, as well;
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
God knows our heart and calls to us through His Word so that we may reflect on how our lives compare to what He has instructed. Though we sometimes try, we can’t hide our failures from God. His love will search us out and encourage us to acknowledge our transgressions that we might obtain mercy and forgiveness. Because Messiah has borne our guilt, there is no need that we should have to stand before our Creator ashamed. And so, may we always be quick to run to Him in our weakness that His strength may be demonstrated in us.
Blessings and Shalom,