Let me explain. Genesis 3:7 reads:
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loin-cloths for themselves.
Adam and Eve had sinned and they knew it. Their instinct wasn’t to run to God and confess. They felt ashamed and afraid so they were going to cover themselves and hide. If God was only interested in the preservation of His law, the Bible would end right there – no covenant with Abraham, law from Moses, or cross of Christ – end of story. The Creator would simply walk away from the garden and leave humanity there to make it on their own.
But then, Genesis 3:8 happens.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze.
And there we have it. The first example of one of the most important aspects of God – He is a God that pursues. And when His people separated themselves from him through their sin and then tried to hide in shame, He went looking for them.
And that’s what he does in our lives, too. God is in full pursuit of a close relationship with His children, and He is relentless in that pursuit. When we feel ashamed, we often withdraw – too guilty to pray, too ashamed to worship – we find a place where we think we can hide. God could just leave us alone. But He doesn’t.
Our Father, in His way and in His time, seeks us out. Sometimes, He does it through His Word or with a song or even a word of encouragement. And sometimes, He pursues us with a splash of cold water in our face through an unforeseen circumstance or consequence. However He does it, our Father pursues. He loves us just that much.
Next time you fail and want to withdraw, move toward Him in repentance – you will find He is already on His way to you – walking through the garden, calling out your name.
Let’s write songs and sing about our God who pursues the guilty and forgives the repentant sinner.
Aren’t you glad Genesis 3:7 is not the last verse in the Bible?
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.