2016-12-29 - Who Seeks Who
Gen 3:8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,
Sometimes the obvious point in a trail of dots that are being connected hides in plain sight. Most of us are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis. At this point God begins the process of restoring mankind after they disobeyed God's few restrictions He had given them. A very critical point is who searches for who to initiate the process. It was not Adam or Eve. Neither of them had ever been afraid in any way of God, but suddenly they are hiding from Him.
God came walking through the garden in the evening knowing full well what had happened. He began to ask questions and the answers that were given attempted to shift blame. It is an interesting question - what would have happened if they had immediately turned and sought God seeking His forgiveness? Curious, but any answers would be speculation.
God was the one to seek His fallen children. Adam and Eve attempted to hide. For those who are parents this is a familiar scenario. For those who are not they will likely recall moments like this from their childhood when their parents sought them out. Just like the shepherd in Jesus' parable of the lost sheep, He seeks us calling to His fallen creations with the good news of salvation. He may use family or friends to reach out to us, but it is still God initiating the process.
God arrived before Adam and Eve could eat the fruit of the Tree of Life. Then they would have lived forever in a fallen state. We are born in the same fallen state passed down from Adam and Eve through humanity to today. For everyone who will answer His call to come, Jesus' blood washes away the stain of sin. His resurrection destroys the power of death. The Water of Life becomes available if you will make Him Lord of your life.
Matt 11:28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Selah. Think about it. Turn in the old life for a new life. See the Peace with God link below if you have questions.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.