“Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?'” — Genesis 3:9 (NASB)
“. . . in order that I may gain Christ and may be found in Him. . .” — Philippians 3:8-9 (NASB)
As John Newton wrote in his great hymn, “I once was lost, but now am found.” Adam sinned, and then in shame, hid from God. How much better would the world have turned out if he had met God, confessed, apologized, and taken his lumps! Instead, he hid.
Now that the whole human race has been kicked out of Eden, we still hide. We put faith in sense knowledge and hide from God. We derive security from accumulation of material goods and hide from God. We try to look good in the eyes of the people around us and hide from God.
Christians study the Bible for head knowledge and hide from God. We go to church for social respectability or fellowship or otherwise to “get something out of it” and hide from God.
All we, like sheep, have gone astray, and it cost the Shepherd his life to find us. Why keep hiding?
Paul says that before he met Jesus, he had more right to confidence in the flesh than anyone he knew. As a Pharisee, he upheld the strictest interpretation of Jewish law. No one, apparently, found fault with his righteousness under the law.
As a disciple of a member of the Sannhedrin, he was on a fast track to power, influence, and riches. Beyond whatever Jewish privileges he had, he also held Roman citizenship. He had it made. But he was hiding from God.
He forfeited nearly all of it for Christ’s sake. He did not look back on his past as if he had lost anything of value. He counted it all rubbish. Why? Because when he stopped hiding from God, he was no longer lost. Being found is worth more than whatever it costs.