Genesis 3:9 - Not Religion but Relationship.

Genesis 3:9 (NKJV) Then the LORD God called 
to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" 


   If you were meeting friends somewhere but 
had to call them because you were lost, the 
first question they would ask is, Where are 
you? Before they can tell you how to get there, 
they need to know where you are. 
   God asked that very question of Adam in 
the Garden of Eden. After Adam ate from the tree 
of the knowledge of good and evil, sin entered 
the world. So he was hiding. 
   The Lord came walking through the garden 
in the cool of the day, and He called out to 
Adam, Where are you? (Genesis 3:9 NKJV). 
   Now, do you think the Lord knew where 
Adam was? Of course, He did. God knows everything 
about us. We cant hide anything from Him. 
   In effect, God was saying, Well, Adam, 
you ate of the forbidden fruit. How did that go? 
Are you happy with the way things turned 
   I think the Lord could ask the same of us 
today: Where are you? How is your life going? Is 
this the way you hoped it would turn out? Are you 
wondering if youve missed the whole point of what 
life is all about? 
   God loves you. He has a plan for you, and 
theres hope for your future. But theres a big 
difference between religion and a relationship with 
Jesus Christ. 
   It isnt rules and regulations; its 
real freedom from the power of sin. It isnt 
religion; its a relationship with Christ Himself. 
   Being a Christian is asking Christ to 
come and live inside of you. The Bible says, 
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the 
right to become children of God, to those who 
believe in His name (John 1:12 NKJV). 
   Only you can do this. No one can do it 
for you. The way you become a child of God is by 
receiving Christ into your life. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


   I had never thought of it this way 
before: God was out on His daily walk in the cool of 
the day. He must enjoy walking too! Did you know 
that walking is one of the best exercises 
possible? It doesn't require any expensive equipment 
or health club memberships. Weight bearing, it 
involves all the muscle groups and is relatively easy 
on the joints. If you make it a brisk walk that 
is long and frequent enough, it can aid your 
fitness, strength, and mood. You will also improve 
your blood chemistry (such as cholesterol and 
sugar) and help manage your weight. Taking a brisk 
walk every day is just a good habit to develop.  
   Be sure to have good walking shoes that 
fit well and give good support and shock 
protection. Dress in loose-fitting clothes appropriate 
to the weather and layered so that, as you warm 
up during the walk or chill because of turning 
into the wind, you can make the appropriate 
adjustments and stay comfortable. It helps if you start 
slowly every day to warm up, stop and stretch the 
warmed muscles, and then cool down slowly with some 
more stretching. In addition to a regular time to 
walk, having a walking partner will keep you 
accountable to the routine, but more important, you can 
deepen a friendship as you improve your level of 
health. I do believe Enoch had the best of all 
walking partners (Gen. 5:22).  
   My wife and I have developed the habit of 
walking and talking and have been at it for years, 
so we can recommend it from personal 
experience. Our walk time is one of our favorite 
occasions to communicate deeply on a wide variety of 
topics. We do it rain or shine, wind or snow. Even 
on ice, though you do need special equipment, 
and the risk of falls increases.  
   Walking with God is a rich metaphor for a 
relationship with God. Enoch and Noah walked with God. I 
wonder where the line between metaphor and reality 
blurs? Did they actually walk together shoulder to 
shoulder? David and Hezekiah walked in God's ways. 
Many of the bad kings walked in the ways of 
Jeroboam or Ahab, both models of a wicked king. Good 
kings walked in the ways of David, Asa, or 
Jehosophat, models of good kings. Walking after other 
gods, walking according to the dictates of their 
own heart, or even walking by human precepts are 
the opposite of walking in God's laws or in His 
statutes. Walking in peace and equity suggests 
agreement. In another blurring of the metaphor, Amos 
asks if it is even possible for two to walk 
together unless they agree (Amos 3:3).  
   Lord, do You still walk in the cool of 
the day? May I walk with You today? [God of 
Wonders by David Steen] 


   Hide-and-seek can be a fun children's 
game, but in real life, our efforts to run and 
hide from Jesus can be tragic. Imagine, if when 
our Lord walked into the garden and discovered 
that Adam and Eve were missing, He simply left 
them to their choices, their sin, their knowledge 
of evil, and all of the consequences. 
Thankfully, He called to them. He kept pursuing, 
initiating a relationship. 
   Jesus's life was the ultimate act of 
searching out and restoring the relationship between 
humanity and God. Yet even today, I find myself 
hiding from Him. Early in the morning, the pages of 
my Bible call to me. Yet I hide myself in 
distractions. I turn on the radio or television, boot up 
my computer, listen to other voices. As much as 
I long to know Jesus and be known by Him, my 
sinful nature would rather drown Him out. 
   In the cool of the evening, the struggles 
of the day swirl through my head. Jesus invites 
me in to conversation, to prayer time that will 
deepen our relationship. Instead I turn first to a 
friend or family member. Or I research the problem. 
I might gather advice from experts but hold 
back from laying my troubles at Jesus's feet. 
   Today when Jesus calls, "Where are you?" 
darkness or dullness in our hearts may urge us to 
hide from His light. Instead, let's answer His 
call. Let's pour out our confession, our need, our 
praise - and trust in His steadfast love. by Sharon 
   Faith Step: Play a game of hide-and-seek. 
Thank Jesus that when we try to hide from Him, He 
continues to find us and draws us into a relationship 
with Him. [Mornings With Jesus 2018 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


   In closeness to Me, you are safe. In the 
intimacy of My Presence, you are energized. No matter 
where you are in the world, you know you belong 
when you sense My nearness. Ever since the Fall, 
man has experienced a gaping emptiness that only 
My Presence can fill. I designed you for close 
communication with your Creator. How I enjoyed walking in 
the garden with Adam and Eve before the evil one 
deceived them!  
   When you commune with Me in the garden of 
your heart, both you and I are blessed. This is 
My way of living in the world - through you! 
Together we will push back the darkness, for I am the 
Light of the world. (Psalm 32:7; Genesis 3:8-9; 
John 8:12) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


John 1:12 - The Born Again Experience!!!



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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