Where Are You?

The Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”
Genesis 3:9
What a loaded question! God asks Adam, "Where are you?" as though God doesn't know. The point, obviously, is not that God has lost Adam, but that Adam is himself lost. 

Paul speaks of Adam as a prototype for all of us (see Rom. 51 Cor. 15). Therefore, it is not at all off-the-wall for any of us at any point in our lives to hear that same question asked of us: "Where are you?" 

It's possible that the answer might be positive. We might look around ourselves and realize we're in a good place. Taking stock of where we've been, all that's happened to us, and how far we've come, we might say, "God is good—all the time!" and be led to deep gratitude for our blessings.

But it's just as possible that we might hear God calling to us, "Where are you?" and realize that we're in a bad place—or at least we're not where we ought to be. It happens to all of us. When we hear the question, we might look around ourselves and realize we're miserable sinners. But we might also be financially comfortable, doing well in our career, have a happy family, and be in perfect health and still realize that we've lost our way. In fact, the more self-sufficient we feel, the less likely we are to realize that we need God. At times like these, we're called to reorient ourselves and get back on the path.

So in good times and bad, let's open our lives to God's searching question, "Where are you?" No matter the answer, God will shine a light and show us the way ahead.

Christ Jesus has come to show us the kindness of God. Christ our Savior defeated death and brought us the good news. It shines like a light and offers life that never ends.
 2 Timothy 1:10 (CEV)
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
I want to walk as a child of the light; 
I want to follow Jesus. 
God set the stars to give light to the world; 
the star of my life is Jesus. 
In him there is no darkness at all; 
the night and the day are both alike. 
The Lamb is the light of the city of God; 
shine in my heart, Lord Jesus. 
 Kath­leen Tho­mer­son (1970)
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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