Jeremiah 31:2b-3 When Israel went to find rest 3 the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.
When my granddaughter was a toddler, she wasn’t very good at playing hide and seek. She would hide and then giggle while she called out to me to come find her. I would play along and say, “Abi, where are you? I can’t find Abi! Where are you?” She would jump out, laugh, and then go back to the same hiding place again. She wanted me to find her.
In the Garden of Eden God called out to His son who was hiding, “Adam, where are you?” Was God unaware of Adam’s whereabouts? Of course not. God knew exactly where he was. He was saying, in effect, “Adam, I miss you. Adam, why did you eat of the forbidden fruit? Adam, why are you trying to hide from Me? Adam, I want to talk with you.”
That is the heart of God. He says in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now and let us reason together… Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
If you want to see how God feels about those who are lost, look at the three stories Jesus told in Luke 15. He compares God to a woman who lost a coin, a shepherd who lost a sheep, and a father who lost a son.
If we learn nothing else in the Bible, we learn that God loves all of mankind and longs for fellowship and friendship with us. We learn that God doesn’t want any person to go to Hell, and the best evidence of this is that He poured His wrath on His Son, who had never committed a single sin, so that we could be pardoned.
God cares for us, He searches for us, and He wants to walk with us every day.