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Daily Devotionals

Day 36 – Issue 16

todayMay 1, 2015

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Be Still Know

Genesis 3:9 NLT

Then the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’

The benefit of hindsight is a wonderful gift. As I reflect upon my many years I can begin to see how I continually fought to manage my own environment. I wanted to control what happened in my life, yet I also presented as someone who was laid back and relaxed. I never viewed myself as defensive, but with hindsight I see that I was. Living from so defensive a position, my comments were often barbed, and like Adam I answered questions according to what I heard, not necessarily responding to what was being asked.

God presents Adam with the most foundational question any one of us can face: ‘Where are you?’ It is the core question in God’s relationship with each one of us.

The simple response is, ‘I’m here.’ However, like Adam we often answer from the confusion of our own wrongdoing and give ourselves away. By acknowledging fear, Adam reveals an emotion he had never experienced with God before. By describing himself as naked, he unwittingly reveals a self-awareness he has not previously known. In hiding he has explored a means of avoiding issues in preference to dealing with them.

Fear is only experienced when we face a threat or danger that we don’t know how to master. As a young man I feared looking stupid or out of control, I feared being wrong, I feared messing up. That was crazy, for all these things are part of the process of growing up. However, I was self-aware of how exposed I would feel if any of these fears were realised.

From his response, God knew that Adam was more interested in debate than submission. It took me years to accept and live with my own frailty. Eventually I stopped trying to pretend to be someone I wasn’t or to attempt to achieve things in the vain hope that they would gave me stature and credibility. Like Adam I too had to learn to live in a fallen world in pursuit of a true knowledge of the nature of God and our unique relationship with him.

QUESTION: In response to God’s question, ‘Where are you?’, what reply will you make?

PRAYER: Lord, you made me and you know me. I don’t want to try to hide from you or be afraid. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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