And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
As I teacher, I live by the mantra that there are no stupid questions, but it isn’t true. There are stupid questions, and meaning no disrespect, this just seems like a stupid question.
In my moments of reflection over the past few days, I was struck by the story of grace. From the beginning, grace has had a story. We see the very first brush of grace here in Genesis 3:9, all wrapped up in that one question:
Adam, where are you?
It’s not as if God had no idea where Adam was. He is, after all, all-knowing, and He created the garden where His creation was hiding. He was well aware of where Adam was and what had just happened. Still He asked.
You’ve just encountered grace.
Think of when the obvious is ignored in pursuit of repentance. If you walk into a kitchen to find the gallon of milk gushing out on the floor and little footprints de leche leading to the pantry door, you are well aware of what happened. In that moment, there is a choice and the choice you make may depend on what mood you are in on that particular day.
1) Wrath. The pantry door flies open, the guilty child drug out into the center of the room, tempers flare, actions are condemned, punishment ensues, cleanup is ordered and an apology demanded.
2) Mercy. You stand over the spilled milk, tell the child to come out, send him to his room and clean up the mess for him.
3) Grace. You stand over the spilled milk and gently call out to the child, knowing full well where he is. The patience in your voice draws him out. Then comes the question, “Did you do this?” Hopefully, he confesses at this point, and his fear has probably brought him to tears. He was really sorry and knows what he did was wrong, please forgive him. Together, you clean up the mess and then send him on with his day while you add ‘milk’ to your shopping list. No shaking out the piggy banks, you will take the hit.
That last option is the one that has been before us since man first fell victim to the devil’s lies.
God knew full well where Adam was, and still He called to him, desiring him to come out from hiding and to explain what had happened. Of course, we know how the story went. Adam was quick to point fingers and even blame God (as we all are at times) but still God made a provision for them. He still worked to restore what was lost.
That story reads the same for you.
This is the grace of our God. A grace that finds you in your weakest place and does not drag you out to be stoned but instead beckons you to come, confess and find healing in Him.