The first real conversation between humanity and God is recorded in Genesis 3. God’s looking for Adam and Eve: 1) because they are hiding from him; 2) because they did what he asked them not to do; and 3) they are ashamed of what they have done and they now are self-conscious of their nakedness as well as being afraid of what God might do to them.
We don’t hide anymore. As I listen to the news about the upcoming movie, “50 shades of grey”, there’s no shame or embarrassment surrounding it. It’s like we’ve turned off our conscience. We want to return to a pre-sin state, but without the God who created that world. We don’t talk to him about our current state. We don’t ask him to forgive us. Instead, we turn off that part of our brain that tells us what is right and wrong. As a result, we live in our depravity.
I want to be fully awake to the reality of my sin. I don’t want to be numb. So, I’m going to hide (not because I want to live in shame, but because I’m fully awake to the way I do think); then I’m going to answer my God when he comes looking for me (and he always does); and in the conversation I find forgiveness and acceptance.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” (Genesis 3:8-13, 16-19 NIV)