Seeking God Or Hiding From Him?
Often we tend to think of the relationship between lost people and God in this way: Men and women are desperately searching for God in every possible way – They try going to different ‘holy places’ or seeking out ‘spiritual experiences’ or becoming followers of ‘enlightened people’ in the hope that they might find God Himself. But God seems to be the ever-illusive One, always hiding Himself from us and keeping out of our reach.
However Genesis chapter 3 gives us a glimpse into the reality of our situation: It is we who are in hiding! We are the ones wanting to keep out of God’s reach! Of course people do continue to seek out ‘holy’ places, people and experiences but not ultimately in a search for the God and Creator of all things who we read of in the Bible – the search is not for the living God Himself but for the benefits that such a God might bring: peace, fulfilment, enlightenment, escape from death, etc. All great things to search for but the quest people are on is a search for these things and not a search for God Himself… Until God in His great kindness begins to stir their hearts and create a soul-thirst for Him!
No, Genesis chapter 3 doesn’t paint a picture of men and women desperately seeking an illusive, hiding God. It shows us that we are the ones who naturally want to hide, at all costs, from God. And God is the one full of grace and mercy who comes to us and seeks us and calls out to us. And He seeks us out relentlessly; at all costs. He came to Adam and Eve in their hiding in Eden but Genesis 3:15 points us forward to the time when He would come to us as the Good Shepherd… seeking out and saving us, His lost sheep, even at the cost of giving His life on the cross and bearing our sin and its consequences. Hallelujah! What a Saviour! Remember as you read through the Old Testament and come across so many difficult passages in the days to come: Don’t give up! It’s all one with the New Testament. It’s all ultimately the story of our gracious God seeking out and saving His rebellious children through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.