Do you ever look around and wonder, “where am I”? Not so much a question of physically… maybe you are in your living room… but mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Where are you?
There is no coincidence that God asks this question in the garden of Eden. It’s not as if He doesn’t know where Adam and Eve are physically located. It’s not like He was keeping tabs on them from His phone, then… arghhhh, lost connection. SO what’s with the question? And if God does “know all” above our perspective (Is 55:8-9), and “sees all” from a timeline not our own (Is 46:10), why does He ask something that is in complete opposition of what could be described as “calling them out”? Momentary pause, if I caught my kids in heartbreaking disobedience, I would be very soap-box style, “Oh, Oh, you know where you are…. What’s up with that?! Whatcha dointhere? I SEE YOU!” -in my defense I did just watch Men in Black 3… feeling a bit riled up. But the point being, my hurt would cloud my reaction to the disobedience. And the God-perspective is, His view is NEVER clouded. He is never caught off-guard, never surprised by a sudden turn of events, and incapable of losing command of the heavens and earth, held in place by His Word.
(BSB) Surely My own hand founded the earth, and My right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they stand up together.
(NLT) It was my hand that laid the foundations of the earth, my right hand that spread out the heavens above. When I call out the stars, they all appear in order.”
He summons; they stand up. Calls out? They order themselves. So again with the question. The hurt is the human perspective. The Godly view is ordered, secured, and substantiated by His good will, His character, and His purpose. Just before this inIsaiah he specifies, our redemption is for His own namesake. It is not tied to our “messing things up”, but tied to who we are inHim. He will not be made a fool of. Harsh and scary? Yes. But freeing truth? Absolutely. HOWEVER: do not confuse this with God owing us. We are not the child of a CEO, behaving badly, and yet our name is somehow kept out of the press because it would taint the “family name”. God gave us free choice to go it on our own. It is not a game, no wagering here. When we stray, we hear our Master’s call. We know our Shepherd’s voice.
So today, don’t look around and think, “where am I”, instead, listen for God’s call, and stand up.
what is "spark"?
Its a small thing - like the flash on a spark plug that hopefully ignites something bigger to propel you forward.