The momentary disobedience of Adam and Eve cost them constant communion with Him in His continual Presence.
God wanted them to realize where they were spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, and to know the condition of their wills. Click To Tweet
The first question the Lord asked the crown of His creation was, “Where are you?” Adam and Eve were hiding from Him after their tragic fall. He knew full well where they were physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually; and to man’s response, which was: “I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Gen.3:10), He came back with more questions: “Who told you you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Adam did not answer the first of these two questions but rather said, “The woman You gave me gave me the [forbidden] fruit of this tree, and I did eat.” (v.12) Next the Lord addressed the woman, asking: “What is this that you have done?” She answered the Lord’s more precisely than her husband had yet still not hitting the mark: “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” In the natural realm, this was accurate, but not on the spiritual level; the Lord wanted them to consider that they had disobeyed their Creator, their God, and also that the ramifications of their carelessness were far greater than they had considered prior to their disobedient act. He also wanted them to realize where they were spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, and to know the condition of their wills. But because self-consciousness had now been introduced into their lives through the birth of the conscience, as a result of eating of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, they did not “see” that: (1) they were in God’s Presence and could not in fact hide from Him; (2) they had used their wills to disobey the Will of God; (3) they listened to the voice of a stranger who deceived them into distrusting the motive behind the mandate of their Creator and God, and who outright spoke the opposite of what their Maker had told them would happen if they disobeyed: “You will not surely die.” Now they would be banished from this Paradise and, worst of all, would no longer have the joy and privilege of God’s constant companionship and communion.
Where is He?We only find out where we are when we find out where He is. Click To Tweet
We as believers, though we can never be removed from His Presence (“He has set [us] in His Presence forever.” – Psalm 41:12), can find ourselves not enjoying it, forgetting who we are and where we are. Ecclesiastes 8:12, in the Amplified Bible, offers insight as to how this could be avoided: ” … I know that it will be well with those who [reverently] fear God, who revere and worship Him, realizing His continual Presence.” (emphasis mine) This “realizing” has much to do with “where we are”, with the state of our souls. Ann Voskamp, in her book The Greatest Gift, offers strong encouragement in this regard, magnifying the redemptive Nature and unchanging Character of our infinitely-loving God: “We only find out where we are when we find out where He is. We only find ourselves … when we find Him. We lost ourselves at one tree, and we find ourselves at Another.” (p.22) So, where is He? In one word, He Omnipresent. The Psalmist asked in Psalm 139:7,8: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your Presence?” Then he admitted: “[Even] if I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.” In other words, He is everywhere I am because He has vowed to never leave me nor forsake me (Heb.13:5). For example, He is at my right hand (Psalm 16:8b); He is before me (Psalm 16:8a); He is behind me (Psalm 23;6) and underneath me (Deuteronomy 33:27); He is above me, filling the heavens, covering me; and, of course, He is in me, through the Holy Spirit.
God says to us: “I am come to find you wherever you may be…”
Job forgot who he was in God's eyes when spiritual warfare intensified against him, because he forgot where God was. Click To Tweet
Job forgot who he was in God’s eyes when spiritual warfare intensified against him, because he forgot where God was (chapter 23). But when he reckoned once again on Who God is and where He is, as well as on His continual Presence with him, he was restored to his right mind and rightful dignity.
“Your God looks for you when you’re feeling lost, and your God seeks you out when you’re down, and your God calls for you when you’re cast aside …” (Voskamp, p.23). We see, even after casting them out of the Garden, how He covered the two first sinners with animal skins (which meant that blood had to be shed first in order to provide this covering). Our God always has redemption in Mind, at Heart. And He certainly followed them with His eyes, His Heart, His provisions, after they left the Garden. Charles H. Spurgeon wrote, and God says to us today: “I am come to find you wherever you may be. I will look for you till the eyes of My pity see you. I will follow you till the Hands of my Mercy reach you, and I will still hold you … to My Heart.”
We are IN!
We are locked in to the King of kings, ... the Faithful God; forever and ever, this is where we are. And this is who we are. Click To Tweet
There are 164 times in Paul’s epistles where we read some form of “in Christ” or “in Him.” For example, “we are hid with Christ in God” (Col.3:3); we are “in the Beloved” (Eph.1:6); we are seated together in Heavenly places in Him” (Eph.2:6); we “light in the the Lord” (Eph.5:8). Furthermore, “we are standing in Grace” (Rom.5:2); we are “in the secret place of the Most High … under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psa.91:1); we are “set in His Presence forever” (Psa.41:12); we are “in the Love of God” (Jude 21); we are “in the Body of Christ” (Eph.2:16; I Cor.12; Col.3), as members in particular, indispensable to the Whole.
We are IN and cannot be taken out of these places or Divine Provisions mentioned. We are locked in to the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the God of all Grace, the Father of Mercies, the God of all Comfort, the Prince of Peace, the God of all Patience, the Faithful God; forever and ever, this is where we are. And this is who we are.