I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” -Genesis 3:10 Why was Adam afraid and hiding?  Consider these: Teacher, I heard you were tough, but I was afraid, so I cheated.  Boss, I heard you wanted to meet, but I was afraid, so I called in sick. Pastor, I heard what the sermon was about, but I was afraid, so I didn’t attend; Spouse, I heard you come home, but I was afraid, so I turned off the computer.  In Genesis 3:10, the root meaning of “voice” is “to call aloud.”  So Adam definitely heard God calling him–he can’t play the “I had my phone on silent.” Is there something God’s calling me on but I’m hiding from Him? It’s a good sign He is if there’s a “voice” in my gut I can’t get rid of; I can’t sleep at night; or I get multiple affirmations from legit sources.  This voice doesn’t mean we have to hide; it means we can come OUT of hiding and be freed to make it right. We aren’t in trouble with God when we confess our stuff to Him. Consequences? Yes. Condemnation? No. The trouble is when we don’t go to Him at all. There’s a higher price to pay when we run, hidden than stand, exposed (just ask Adam, Eve and Jonah).  God can make ALL wrongs right. Out of amazing love, He seeks us when we do wrong.  It’s our gateway to freedom when we let Him.

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