Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Do you think that God had lost track of where Adam was? I don't think so – I think he knew exactly where Adam was and why he was there. God is omniscient he knows all. So, when he asks a question it is not for His sake it is for ours. He asks us questions to provoke thought and to bring us to a place where we are ready to admit the truth. God knew where Adam was. Adam knew where Adam was.
Adam sinned and because of his sin had separated himself from a holy God. Adam knew it and when he heard God coming he did what we all do – he turned tail and ran. He hid from God and tried to cover up his sin with fig leaves. Notice that when Adam sinned it wasn't him going to seek out God it was God who sought him out and that is the way it always is.
A friend told me a story about one day when another one of his friends had “got religion” as he called. His friend came over and eventually ended up in the garage talking to my friend's father. “I've found the Lord!” he joyously announced to the rough and tough old man. The old mad calmly replied, “ I didn't know he was missing”. Of course the old guy was being a little sarcastic and talking in a tongue in cheek way, but there was more wisdom in what he said than either of them realized. God hasn't moved – it is us that have strayed away from him and it is He who seeks us out and finds us again.
Luk 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
God is always previous – before we seek him he has sought us and is and has always been drawing us back to himself.
So, God asks Adam – Where are you? Why does he ask that? So that Adam would admit his sin and confess it to God as part of the process of his restoration. It is the same as in any other relationship to a point – we can not resolve an issue until we are honest and admit our fault so that we can make it right and move on. Adam, of course, blamed it on his wife and his wife blamed it on the serpent. I think they confessed their sins eventually and God made a sacrifice of blood as a covering for their sin – a sacrifice which would point forward to the Lamb of God which would take away the sins of the world. God also told them of the coming Messiah – who would be born of a woman and would have his heal bruised by the serpent but would crush the serpents head ultimately. So – looked forward in faith to a coming Savior who would undo the curse and set us free.
God is calling today to all of us and asking, “Where are you?” He hasn't moved. Like the Father of the prodigal son he looks and waits for your return. He speaks through circumstances of our daily life. He calls out in love and mercy come to me. He loves you and wants to forgive your sin and heal and bless you. Where are you? He calls to the Christian who once walked closely with him and says, Where are you? He calls to the discouraged and defeated, Where are you?
Why don't you ask yourself and admit and turn – if you do you won't be disappointed.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.