Genesis 3:9-10 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.

When God called out to Adam, the reason was not to rebuke him but to continue the cordial relationship they already had. However, in a rather unusual maneuver, together with the woman, they went to hide.

That response is pretty surprising owing to their newly acquired status of ‘having their eyes opened’. I was actually expecting them to stand up to God and demand an explanation but here they were in hiding just at the sound of His voice which was not raining judgment, but calling out their name.

Such is the truth about sin- it does not cut off God from us, instead, it causes us to pull ourselves away from Him. He stays where he is but there is a feeling of unworthiness and fear that rushes over us and makes a once gentle father appear as a fearful tyrant who is ready to met out punishment.

We seem to forget that with regards to God putting cherubs on guard and a flaming sword by the tree of life in the garden, He rewrote this decree when He said ‘ He has given us eternal life and that life is hidden in His son’. The words of a once angry God have now become an open and extended invitation into the arms of a loving father.

So my dear, don’t stay out by yourself in the cold of sin for too long; your father calls out to you to return into the warm embrace of his arms.

Remember # if the sound of God’s voice induces fear, then you still have His love to receive because there is no fear in perfect love

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