Our Listening God……

READ: Genesis 3:8-9

But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9).

Don’t worry you are not reading a previous devotional. I would like to carry on yesterday’s theme of listening to God. However today I would like to cover talking to Him. Man relies on his own merits to rectify a problem. This is one result of the fall. We should take our problems to God and admit our sins.

In our ‘human’ reasoning we might ask why Adam, once he knew he had sinned, didn’t go crying through the garden– “Lord, where are you?” Adam should have fallen before the Lord crying out, “I have sinned. Lord, forgive me; I have sinned!” Adam should have confessed, accepted God’s justice, and pleaded for mercy, but Adam fled from God. Don’t we do that at times?

One would have expected to hear Adam cry out like Job, “If only I knew where to find him;
if only I could go to his dwelling! 4 I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.5I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say. 6 Would he oppose me with great power?  No, he would not press charges against me.  7 There an upright man could present his case before him, and I would be delivered forever from my judge. 8 But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him.  9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.,” (JOB 23:3-9).

Even though Adam fled from God, the Lord called out to him, “Where are you?” The Holy Spirit through grace cries to us today “Sinner, where are you?” A lost sheep will never return to the flock unless it’s sought out by The Great Shepherd, and we are constantly being sought.

We are taught this by David where he cried out to the Lord, I have strayed like a lost sheep.  Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands,” (Psalm 119:176). “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6). Man can commit iniquity, but it takes grace to know it is iniquity, or to feel the guilt of it.

Sin poisons our conscience until we no longer have one, as it’s gone to sleep. Sinners sleep painlessly into spiritual death much like someone who freezes to death, until God causes the conscience to awake by saying, “where are you?” “for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:  “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. (Ephesians 5:14). It is not until God calls, “Sinner, where are you,” that we feel pain caused by sin.

The Lord is calling to us saying, “Sinner, where are you?” I have so often spared you when you were in danger, and in sickness, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me,” (Rev 3:20.)

Today, is the Lord saying to you, “Sinner, where are you?” and does not this goodness of God lead you to change your mind? Freely admit your sins to God and lay them at the foot of the cross.

 

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