……… “But the Lord God called to the man, “where are you?” Genesis 3:9
Perfection was the expression of this relationship, sweetness was the description of their fellowship, and joy was the melody of their harmony. Love was the air they breathe and the entire atmosphere was seasoned with sincerity.
In the cool of the evening, the father [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][God] will come down to enjoy the company of His dear son. It was a communion much eagerly anticipated every day. It was usually a moment when the son replenishes strength with the presence of his father, also a moment when the father enjoys the fellowship and adoration of his son. I can just imagine how beautiful it used to be, walking together round the garden in the cool of the evening doing stuffs together, basking in the joy and euphoria of divine presence.
But suddenly on a particular day, all this was cut short. A disastrous occurrence set in, a devastating experience found its place between them. The enemy staged an event to turn the son against His father through disobedience. In a blink, the eagerly anticipated fellowship became dreadful, the enjoyable presence of God became terrifying and atmosphere of love and sincerity became quarrelsome and worrisome.
SIN; the destructive agent was at work, doing what he knows best to do, to kill, to steal and to destroy. And so the son went hiding among the trees of the garden, covering himself with leaves. He was afraid of the father’s face. The face he once cherished and daily hungered for. He went hiding among the trees of piety, appearance, church activities, programmes, and covering himself with hypocrisy. But he knew deep within, that the relationship between him and God had severed.
Yet the Omnipresent knows!
Yes, He understands
Ah! He knows the frame of man His son
He understands the wiles and vile of the enemy
He for sure has an answer
To the malady of sin
Oh! That my son will come
To Me at such a time as this He sighs,
Oh, my son! My son!! My son!!!
Come; let Me cover your wound and nakedness
Where are you? He called
Where are you? Still He calls
This might be the story of Adam but it is not in any way different from your experience today.
Dear friend, what are you still hiding from God? God knows and understand your struggles and vulnerabilities. I know you had enjoyed an indescribable fellowship with the Father and your God in the past. Your relationship with Him could best befit perfection, and the joy of the spirit you once had could have been so refreshing and fulfilling. But in the cause of time, the enemy prevailed over your will through sin, thereby devastating your experience and interrupting your fellowship with God.
You cannot judge Adam for what he did, because, even you have done it too. What is worse is that, despite having felt the bitter pain of its poison, yet you have gone back for more. I wish I could claim innocence but it is not mine to claim either. I wish we could bury the past, but sin is that moment when we step outside of His purpose for us and we step into our purposes for ourselves.
The truth is the enemy might have interrupted the sweetness of your fellowship but he cannot separate you from your love relationship with Him. Hear what He says,
“What shall separate us from the love of God?
Shall ………?” Romans 8:35
Stop the blame game. Give up your excuses. Allow God cover your nakedness and reinstate your dignity.
“And the Lord made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them”
What was on God’s mind that evening was to restore Adam and his wife. He wasn’t interested in their argument. He had thought Adam would just admit his disobedience and He would cover him up. But Adam put up an argument and start-led a blame game.
Dear friend, Adam was not punished because he disobeyed God. He was punished because he failed to admit his act of disobedience before God when he was confronted with it. Rather he blamed God for making him sin through the woman He gave him. He tried to cover up his sins.
“Whoever covers his sins shall not prosper; but whosoever that acknowledges and confess shall obtain mercy” Proverb 28:13
Today, God’s desire is to cure you of backsliding and restore you into fellowship with Him.
Where are you? How long will you carry the weight of sin? How far can you go on with the yoke of backsliding? How much time do you have left before satan eventually succeeds in pushing you into eternal regret and damnation?
I am here to heal and bind your wound
I am here with lotion and ointment of recovery
I am here to revive and restore
Put off the leaves of hypocrisy tied around your waist
Come out from your hiding
The blood of My son is fresh, His presence covers you.
Where are you?
Written by Michael Toyin-Emmanuel