Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
September 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Genesis 3:9-10
"How It All Got Started", Msg. 19

When I was a boy, I had to be home every day when the streetlights came on. My mama would always remind me not to have her come looking for me! I also remember, as a youngster, straying away from the campgrounds and the camp counselors came looking for us. Why does God come looking for us?

Sometimes when we don’t answer, others come looking for us. Let’s recap last week’s message. Prior to eating the forbidden fruit, it was not uncommon for Adam and his wife to commune and have conversations with God on a regular basis. But on this particular day, things were different. Theologians believe God appeared in human form, this time, as a pre-curser to the coming of Jesus, the second person of the trinity. But there was a storm brewing out on the ocean. The noise of the storm was interpreted as God’s voice of anger according to Psalm 29:3 which says, “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth.” Often when the sun would set, a breeze would arise, and the Lord God would walk in the Garden in the cool of the day. The Bible tells us the wind blew and as a result, Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of God.

Adam had never hidden from God before. This time, however, God specifically called to Adam and said, “Where are thou?” God did not challenge the woman, but called only to the man. With tender care, God patiently looked for Adam to address His concerns. He came in person and in truth to show the couple their lost condition. As Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:3, some people don’t want to hear the truth. They get itchy ears and listen to strange doctrines that bring them trouble.

It is not as if God didn’t know where Adam was. God is omniscient and omnipresent. It was not the inquiry of an angry creator, but a call from an anguished Father whose question demanded an answer. The question was meant to arouse Adam to admit that he was lost. It was meant to lead Adam to confess his sins. It was meant to show that God seeks after lost mankind.

Even when Jesus was born, there was no room in the inn. Many women and men don’t have room for Jesus today. So, many of us are lost and God is still after us trying to get us to a new place in a new circumstance. Adam told God that he heard the Master’s voice in this paradise where Adam lived, but he was afraid. Sin had now made Adam afraid of God’s presence. It made Adam afraid of God’s voice. Ever since Adam, men and women have run from God and His Word. This is what guilt and shame will do.

Though Adam confessed his nakedness, he made no mention of his sin of eating of the fruit from the tree of good and evil. When we are not truly penitent, we choose to hide. We become evasive and demonstrate no godly sorrow. Adam lacked the courage to tell God the whole truth. To hide from the presence of God is instinct of guilt. Adam and his wife knew what they were doing. They knew their attempted, embarrassing cover-up had failed. Nevertheless, if you have strayed from God, consider returning. God does not have to come looking for you because you can only be in one of two places: in right relationship with Him or out of relationship with Him.

In our churches today, people stay away when they don’t want to encounter God. But we need God when we are out of relationship, out of touch. He desires us to be in full relationship with Him. He wants us to truly have His life that we might share in His glory and be with Him in paradise. When God comes looking for us, He wants us to admit we are lost. He seeks us to save us. That’s not only love. It’s grace.