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Men, has the Lord placed a devotional on your heart that you would like to share with other standers?
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:6-9
“Where are you?” This is the first question posed to man in the Old Testament. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Shame entered into the human reality. In their shame, Adam and Eve tried to hide from God. Their perfect communion with God and with each other was broken. We suffer to this day because of their choice to disobey God. Our communion with God and each other is marred by sin. We are fallen human beings in need of God’s mercy.
Where are you in your life? Where are you in your relationship to God? Where are you in your relationship to your spouse? Is there any shame in your life? Are you broken, hurting, lonely, or in despair? God is looking for you. He is seeking you out. In spite of falling short of God’s plan for you, He still loves you and wants to be in an intimate relationship with you.
Man’s fall was – and is still today – a lack of trust in the goodness of God. Satan deceived Adam and Eve into thinking that God was holding out on them, that He really did not have their best interests at heart. We hunger for something more, something other than what God graciously gives us. Like Adam and Eve, we take matters into our own hands, deceiving ourselves into thinking that we know better than God. We hunger for more. Relationships are severed, new ones are sought out and broken hearts are left in the wake. Where are you? For what do you hunger?
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2
The first question asked in the New Testament is, “Where is He?” Our deepest longings and hunger can only be satisfied by the One who came down from Heaven, born of a woman, the One who seeks us out and offers Himself as Bread for our starving souls. We can only find out where we are when we find out where He is. We only find ourselves when we find Him. We lost ourselves at the foot of one tree; we can only find ourselves at the foot of the tree to which Jesus is nailed.
Men are only wise when they make their priority the seeking of Christ. You only come to know yourself when you come to know Him. God is seeking you. He is looking for you in the turmoil and mire of your troubled relationship. He wants to give you life, abundant life. God is also looking for your wife. He wants to give her abundant life too. She is seeking life in all the wrong places. Only God can satisfy the deep longing in her heart for love. Trust that God will never stop searching, seeking and calling your wife home. In the dense fog of failure, God’s words ring clear, “Where are you?”
God refuses to give up on you. God refuses to give up on your spouse. God looks for you when you feel lost. God seeks you when you are feeling down. God calls you when you feel cast aside. God sent His Son to find you and your spouse to bring you both back to the Father. He wants to embrace you and give you life. He wants to bring healing to your heart and your home. Give everything to Him, all your doubts, fears and worries. Give Him your very life. He is looking for you and has a great plan for you that only you can fulfill.
But now, this is what the Lord says…he who created you…he who formed you…“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
Peace my Brother for you are the beloved son of God.