“Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9
Meditation: Genesis 3 John 11 & 14 Proverbs 16:25 , Proverbs 16: 25,
John 3:16, Luke 23:34, Matthew 27:46, Luke 24: 46-47, John 17:3,
John 11:25-26, 2 Timothy 2:13, Psalm 23, John 10:11, John 14:6
I am what you would consider “directionally challenged”. I say that because I usually have difficulty knowing where I am and which way to go whenever traveling. So I rely heavily on my husband who is blessed with an excellent sense of direction. He was trained by traveling across the states and parts of the world as an Air Force brat. On one of those occasions, while living in Panama, he even journeyed as a scout through the Panama jungle. He told me that when you are in that place, the only way you can find your way out is with a compass, which he relied on heavily.
I would try to read maps only to discover that I was dyslexic when it came to interpreting which direction to go. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know, but some of us are just not endowed with directional antennae. Before I took possession of the technological device known as the “Navigator”, I could get lost just going around the block. On those occasions I would have to locate a telephone booth to call my husband. One afternoon after leaving a teacher training program at a nearby school, I decided to take a different route that looked like it would get me back on the main road. Instead, I kept circling around passing the same landmarks over and over again. Realizing I was literally spinning around, I called my husband on my cell and asked him if he could get me out of the maze. He would always ask me, “where are you?”, and I would tearfully reply, “I don’t know that’s why I am calling you!” I always felt embarrassed and afraid when disorientation set in. Many times, I would result to praying earnestly for God’s help. Through God’s mercy and no small miracle from my perspective, He was always faithful to get me back on track heading home.
So it was with Adam and Eve after sinning, they became lost, embarrassed and ashamed, circling around on unfamiliar territory. And when God took His walk through the park expecting to find them, they were hiding. So he asked, “Where are you?” You would think that by God’s question He didn’t understand the situation but it was Adam and Eve who were in ignorance and needed to understand they were lost. As soon as the naked Adam answered the question in shamefulness, the Lord asked the second question, “Who told you that you were naked?” with the third question following, “What have you done?” which prompted the “blame game” as Adam and Eve began to blame someone else for their sin. (Genesis 3)
There was a time when spiritually speaking, I did not know where I was. After hearing the gospel I knew I was lost in relationship with God. After hearing and accepting the gospel message, God turned me around to see Jesus. Since that day I have headed in the right direction. However, I have veered off track on many occasions in following Him first. And whenever I have stumbled, God has been faithful to pick me up, getting my attention every time. I am so grateful that He is also the Good Shepherd who guides me near those smooth paths and still waters. Many times I have not listened to His voice and have fallen into a pit by either running ahead or lagging far behind. Each time through His discipline and unconditional love, He has been faithful to bring me back in right relationship with Himself. By keeping my life focused more on Him and less on me, I am falling less and walking more steadfast in my faith.
We are all lost in this world and have taken a wrong turn by disobeying God. Moving in the wrong direction has caused us and others, both pain and uncertainty. So God sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ to direct us back to life. When Jesus Christ died, He was punished for our sin. He took upon Himself all the blame, without judgment. He was also separated from His Father. He prayed that everyone would be forgiven so we would not experience death but have eternal life. And on the third day of his burial, He rose from the dead to prove there is life after death for all those who have faith in Him.
It takes faith to believe that a small compass or navigator can get us out of the dark, out of the woods and on the right road. And it takes faith in the only One, who is Jesus Christ to give us direction by turning us around, moving us forward with perseverance to our eternal home. DF
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 16:25
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11: 25-26