In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given only one law of restraint: “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17). Satan came and deceived Eve by twisting God’s Word. Eve broke God’s law and sinned by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. Then she gave the fruit to Adam. Upon eating the fruit, they realized their nakedness and covered themselves. Then they heard the Lord walking in the garden and, in their shame and sin, they tried to hide themselves from God. “And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, ‘Where are you?'” (Gen. 3:9)
God’s question to Adam is the first recorded question in the Bible. The questioned was asked by the God who had walked and talked with Adam and Eve before and from whom they now shamefully hid. He was their Creator, the all-knowing and all-seeing (Psa. 139:1-10). Try as they might, they could not hide from God; He knew where they were.
If the Lord knew where Adam and Eve were, why did He ask? God did not ask the question for His sake, but for Adam and Eve’s sake. He wanted them to realize where they were and why they were there. They were separated and hiding from the fellowship of God in shame because of their sin!
The first question recorded in the Bible is still a relevant and important question today. God is still asking you and I today, ‘Where are you?” He knows the answer, but do you?
Are you trying to hide from God behind your sin and shame? Do you really understand just where you are as a sinner? Jesus declared, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk. 19:10). He gave up everything to look for you. He “made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:6-8). If you understand where you are as a sinner, it is time to come out from hiding, be found by Jesus Christ and become obedient to Him in faith and baptism (Mk 16:16).
When the saints assemble together on Sunday to worship God and study His word, “Where are you?” (Heb 10:25) When comes time for the Word to be preached, “Where are you?” When songs need to be sung, “Where are you?” When the time comes to remember the Lord’s death, “Where are you?” When time comes to give of your means, “Where are you?” When the time comes for you to lead prayer, “Where are you?”
Where will you be when the day of judgment comes? Will you be on the left hand of the Lord ready to go into everlasting fire or on the right hand of the Lord ready to go into heaven? Where you were with respect to salvation, when the saints assembled and when there was work to be done, will determine where you will be on the day of judgment. Sadly, many will be in the same place they have always been, hidden from God. Those who spent this life hiding from God in sin and darkness will spend an eternity hidden away from God in shame in the farthest reaches of utter darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Come out into the light of God’s salvation, be present when the saints assemble, be present when the Lord’s work needs to be done, and you will be on the Lord’s right hand ready to inherit heaven come the day of judgment.