Genesis 2:7, 1:27: And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul
We are all familiar with the serpents guile, Eve’s deception and Adam’s sin; all of which severed man’s relationship with God. However, another consequence was that man went from speaking with God to being afraid of His voice.
2:10And he said, "I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."
As Christians who have been restored back into fellowship with God through Christ there are still times that we are afraid of His voice. One of those times is when we sin and instead of running towards Him we run and try to hide.
We are afraid of our “nakedness” before Him, afraid when we see ourselves as we really are without Him. But His voice calls and the breath of life within us longs to respond. We are designed for relationship with our creator. Another of those times is when life brings suffering and pain. Our presumption says that with the right combination of prayer, quoting Bible verses then the pain can be erased and overcome.
We are trying to get back into the land of plenty but His voice is calling us into the wilderness and we are afraid. There are times that God will deliver us from, a circumstance or He may take us around a circumstances and then there are times He walks us through. It is in those wilderness times that He speaks most tenderly and our roots become firmly established in Him as He reveals more of Himself to us in this desert place.
We have a choice to make.
How are we going to respond to God’s voice?
Do we run and hide because of our shame or do we allow Him to lead us as He sees fit?
It is not about doing, it is about being. Being transformed from the inside out and deepening our relationship with Him. As we read in Hosea there is a deep work of God that can only be accomplished in the wilderness. God reveals Himself in deeper ways to us.
He is no longer our “Master” who we merely obey but our “Husband” who loves and cherish us as His Bride. A beloved Bride is never afraid of her Bridegrooms voice.
Hosea 2:14-16 (Amplified Bible) therefore, behold, I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart. 15There I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor [troubling] to be for her a door of hope and expectation. And she shall sing there and respond as in the days of her youth and as at the time when she came up out of the land of Egypt. 16And it shall be in that day, says the Lord, that you will call Me Ishi [my Husband], and you shall no more call Me Baali [my Master].