Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
~Jeremiah 33:3 ESV
Alexander Bell was one of the primary inventors of the telephone. On March 10, 1876, his hard work paid off culminating in the first successful telephone call. One hundred and twenty-six years later, a communication business started an advertising campaign with Paul Marcarelli, known as the “Test Man.” The Test Man would speak into a cell phone the words, “Can you hear me now?”
Even with the invention and successful use of the telephone, Mr. Bell still couldn’t claim he was the first to call out to mankind. God, the Creator of all things, was the first to call out to mankind. Genesis 3:9 reads, “But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?'”
We read in Genesis Chapter 3 Adam and Eve, who were the first man and woman, both disobeyed God’s commandment not to eat from The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As soon as they attempted to cover up their disobedience, God showed up looking for them.
I can imagine God saying, “Adam, Eve, Can you hear me now?” That in itself is an excellent point to contemplate and expound on, but let’s take this thought a step further.
In Genesis Chapter 3:10, we find Adam is responding to God “And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” That is the point that we need to notice. How many times have we fallen short by disobeying God’s Word, and we then try to hide from God? When I find myself in this situation, I know I try and hide from God. Perhaps you do as well….
There was a time in my life when I tried to hide in Okinawa, Japan while I was serving in the United States Air Force. I was sure God would not find me, nor would He call on me there. As I reflect on this incident now, I realize how silly I was to believe that, and I wonder if Adam and Eve had the same thoughts later on.
I was wearing my fig leaf, so to speak. Those barracks symbolize the fig leaf for me. God called me out of hiding by way of two young men. They had somehow gotten locked out of the barracks and I heard them knocking to get in. As I opened the door, and as they walked in, they asked if I knew Jesus. You should have seen the look on my face. I was surprised, and my expression showed this. How they knew I was a Christian surprised me, and at that moment I felt my fig-leaf barracks could never hide me from the calling God had on my life.
When we fall short and disobey God, we find ourselves in darkness because we run towards it. It’s a great place to hide; as it is hard for others to see us. But that approach did not work for Adam and Eve, it did not work for me, and it won’t work for you, my friend.
When God calls out to us, His Light reveals where we are and what we have done. This calling and revealing is not for the benefit of God but for ourselves. God already knows where we are and what we have done. He just wants us to see the circumstances we created by being disobedient so we will be willing to accept His help and His loving guidance.When God calls out to us, His Light reveals where we are and what we have done. #VineWords #EdChappelle #Canyouhearmenow Click To Tweet
My question for us today is, are we hiding from God today? Have we strayed off the straight and narrow illuminated path of God and into the darkness? Have we taken the bait from the enemy and found ourselves trapped in sorrows and misfortunes? If so, I pray that we would call out to our Father in Heaven for forgiveness and let Him direct our path. He is very willing and full of mercy.
Are you hiding from God? How does knowing God loves you help you to embrace God instead?
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love. Thank You for being ready to help us walk in Your light. We yield to Your living inspection and we ask You to take our hand and guide us into Your truth. When you say, “Can you hear Me?” help us to respond, “Yes, Lord, we hear You and we are willing to obey.” Amen
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Ed Chappelle is the Founder and Administrator of Come to the Table Facebook group, a place where people of faith are encouraged to connect with others and share testimonies, articles, and prayer needs. He has been an ordained minister since 2010.
Ed and his wife Kym are known for their animal rescue ministry, Critter Care. Their “family” includes dogs, cats, birds, a guinea pigs, sugar sliders, ferrets, geckos, bearded dragons, tropical fish, and a plethora of God’s creatures. Some people say Ed and Kym genealogy can be traced to Noah.
Ed served in the United States Air Force for over four years, earning the rank of Sergeant. He was eight years old when Apollo 11 went to the moon. His love for his country, the armed forces, and space exploration compelled him to write the tribute, Man on the Moon. He contributes devotions to Come to the Table, VineWords, and other ministries.
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