Gleanings from Genesis: Divine Hide and Seek

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

(Genesis 2:8–9)

I find this account interesting.

  1. I trust that God knew what was happening. In His awesome sovereignity, surely He knew that the man and woman were being tempted at that very moment.
  2. Therefore, He could have intervened somehow, right? He could have smote the serpent dead and banished him from the garden forever. Yet He did not.

Lesson #1: God is sovereign.
Lesson #1.5: I can’t expect Him to think the way I do. Does His word not say that His ways are higher than ours?


  1. I guess, because of their awareness of sin, the man and woman hid. It was their first taste of that sick feeling called shame. After all, shame makes you hide — it’s being afraid of being found out and exposed. We may no longer have forests to hide in, but we hide our sin in a myriad of ways.
  2. God was aware of the sin committed against Him, yet He sought the man and the woman first. We hid, but he sought. It’s been like that for centuries past, and is still pretty much relevant today. God still does the seeking and the finding of what is lost through His Son Jesus, who pretty much did the job.

God’s been seeking you out, hounding you, because He wants a relationship with you. He wants the relationship back. He doesn’t want you to hide behind the makeshift clothes you’ve stitched up yourself. God wants you.

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