|When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it…But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” –Genesis 3:6-9
As I listened to a sermon and remembered these chapters, God revealed to me something to me that I never realized. I want to you mentally take yourself back to differemt times in the past when you fell into sin; where were you when you sinned? Could you have avoided falling into sin if you had been somewhere or with someone else? Think about that.
In 2 Samuel 11, we are introduced to a different side of wonderful King David. He was supposed to be at the war with his army, but he decided to remain in Jerusalem (verse 1). While he was walking around the roof of his palace, he saw Bathsheba bathing and he was attracted to her. He fed into his evil desires and sent someone to bring her to him, after that, he let his evil desires lead him to sin by committing adultery with her. And then to cover up his sin, he had Bathsheba’s husband killed. What if David had gone to the war? Would he have avoided all of consequences of his ‘evil desires?’ Would things have happened differently? Think about that.
I don’t know about you, but thinking back to times when I have fallen into sin, a common factor in most of the situations was that I was somewhere I wasn’t supposed to be. Many of us get convicted about going to different places, listening to and watching different things, and even being around different people, but because of our evil desires, we are still drawn to them. When we feed into those desires of our flesh, we give the devil a foothold and leave ourselves open to sin. Why would you go to a club knowing that you have a problem with lust? Why would you hang around a person that does things that you don’t want to do? Why would you listen to things that stir up ungodly emotions in you? Why would you go to a liquor store to buy ice knowing that you have a drinking problem that you are trying to overcome?
God has his perfect will mapped out for our lives, and if we would just walk in it; if we would just listen to his gentle whisper, we can avoid a lot of sin. When we step outside of that will and disobey that voice, we are more prone to fall into sin. When God came into the garden, he called out to Adam and asked, “Where are you?” Adam responded by saying that he was afraid because he was naked and so he hid. Where are you? Adam was obviously somewhere that he wasn’t supposed to be, and so he allowed himself to do what he wasn’t supposed to do, and then out of shame he hid. I now ask you this question brethren, “Where are you?”
You cannot fall if you are not in the position or situation that would allow that. It doesn’t always take strength to be holy, it usually takes common sense. You know what your weaknesses are and you know what has caused you to sin in the past, so I urge you to use your common sense and avoid those situations. When the Father comes and asks you the question, “Where are you?” What would your response be? Brethren, where are you?
Stay blessed and spread the word.