The Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, ‘Where art thou?’ God spoke these words on the very first judgment day in human history. We always think about the Judgment Day that we all will go through at the end of our lives, but there are LOTS of “mini” judgment days that we go through, here in this life. Usually, we’re not even aware of them.
These little judgment days happen whenever God and a guilty person are brought together. We’re like Adam in a lot of ways. When we sin, we want to avoid being in the presence of God. We KNOW we’re wrong, so we don’t want to be around Him (That’s the #1 reason that SOME of the people who read my articles can’t bring themselves to church on a regular basis!) We follow the same pattern that Adam did, after he sinned.
First of all, GOD hadn’t condemned Adam. Adam’s OWN heart was condemning him. He was guilty and he KNEW IT. He was in rebellion. So, when he heard the voice of God as He walked in the garden, Adam went and hid himself. He KNEW that when He was in the presence of God, his sin would be exposed.
Secondly, even though Adam was doing his level best to AVOID dealing with God, God sought out Adam, saying, “Where art thou?”
Immediately, Adam is brought into the presence of God, knowing he’d been detected and that there was no use in trying to hide from God any longer.
Third, there was a bringing to light the hidden things of darkness. Adam tells God that he was afraid of God, and God says, “What hast thou DONE?”
God hadn’t hidden from Adam; Adam had hidden from God. He knew that when he was in the presence of God, he would feel compelled to bare all, and to give account for the deeds done in his body. Like I said earlier, Adam was experiencing the first Judgement Day in human history.
If God is going to work powerfully at thee Worship Center, and in our lives – as we have been praying that He would – the first thing He will do is to draw each one of us personally. And, when He does draw us near, the Holy Spirit will produce the same effects in us as He did in Adam: That voice which called for Adam will speak to YOUR heart and conscience. And you’ll find yourself being asked, “Where art thou?”
God wasn’t trying to find out where Adam was physically. (Though when He looks in at the Worship Center on Sunday mornings, KNOWING where some of us OUGHT to be, I believe He’s saying, “I called you to the Worship Center…”
WHERE ART THOU?!! God KNEW where Adam had hidden himself.
God was asking Adam that question to get Adam to examine himself. To bring it forcibly to Adam’s heart and conscience. GOD WAS CAUSING ADAM TO COMPARE HIS REAL POSITION NOW…COMPARED WITH WHERE HE USED TO BE.
A short time before, it had been a joy to Adam to hear God’s voice. Now, Adam has fallen to a depth where he wants to avoid personal contact with God, at all costs…
Adam was waking up to the fact that, not only was he in an unclean position, but that he was trying to run from God the ONLY One who would be able to remedy Adam’s fallen condition.
Adam was turning his back on God. Even though Adam had sinned against God, and was trying to escape from God, God was still Adam’s best and only true Friend!
It’s the same with many of us. Look at your own heart. Examine it as though you were standing before God, and just ask yourself, “Where am I?” Go a step farther and ask, “What am I trying to do to myself? Am I secretly trying to hide from God because I’ve sinned against Him? Why am I trying to avoid the only friend I can deliver me from the problems that I have surrounded myself with?”
Where are some of the places we try to hide?
Being “Average”. We have a bulk of people who aren’t ACTIVELY hiding. They just sort of SIT behind their half-hearted commitment that they made years ago, when they actually CARED about God.
These are people who haven’t been as bad as the people they read about in the newspaper. They like to think of themselves as “good, average Christians.” They go to church two or three times a week, basically tithe, take communion, and occasionally read their Bibles.
But, this kind of religion is nothing more than a sham and self-deception. It doesn’t bring joy and peace. It doesn’t bring power. It doesn’t produce the desire to really pray. The whole thing is a shadow, play-acting.
There’s no spiritual reality in it.
Excuse Making. “It’s not in my personality. I’m just not LIKE that.” God isn’t talking about your heart towards Him and His people.
“I’m too busy.” Are you going to be too busy to die one day, and too busy to bring your excuses to the throne of God?
“I have an addiction that I can’t beat…a sin that I’m not ready to let go of.” If you KNEW you’d be standing before the throne of God tonight, you’d be able to sober up and let go of that sin so quick it make my head spin! And you know it.
“Pastor Steve expects too much out of us!” no, I don’t. I just love you more than you like to realize and I believe in you more than you could know.
There are lots of other excuses and lots of other places people try to run to in order to hide from God. Our excuses are just that, excuses. And they don’t hold up when compared with God’s truth.
Why should you hide yourself from Jesus?
Now, if Jesus was walking the aisles of the Worship Center with a sword of judgement and vengeance in His hand…If His eyes flashed with hot fire and indignation…If He dealt with us through a voice of thunder, trying to terrorize us…well, then I could understand why we would want to hide from Him.
But the Jesus that we’re hiding from is the cross for us…His eyes are filled with warm and glowing love and pity…His heart is full of tender compassion…and He’s coming to offer forgiveness and renewing…cleansing and revival.
What is there in Him that would make you want to avoid coming into intimate contact with Him? He’s speaking to you right now, through the anointing on this message. (Most people will have tossed this newsletter aside by now. But you didn’t.)
Meet with Jesus this Sunday at the church He has called you to. Let Him touch your heart and spirit. Find in Him the thing that you’ve been searching for that can’t be found…a hiding place. A place of peace, security, forgiveness and love…a place that can only be found in Jesus.