It was not God who dove into the bushes to hide when the humans sinned in Eden, it was Man. God does not hide Himself from us; we hide ourselves from Him.
If you ever wonder why God does not show up at your meetings, wonder no longer. It’s not God who fails to show up, it’s us. He’s always willing to draw close to us; it is we who are unwilling to draw close to Him.
This is why God said things to Israel like “Return to Me, and I will return to you,” (Malachi 3:7). He’s not saying “You first.” He’s saying “I’ve already done my part, so if you want to see Me, you have to change.”
This is also why the Psalmist says “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18) We can fool ourselves into thinking we’re cleaner than we are, but God is never fooled. Before we’ve been completely honest with God about the stuff that’s going on inside us, He’s going to seem far away. But if we tell Him exactly what’s going on, He’ll be near to help us. That’s not by His choice, but ours.
So the writer of Hebrews encourages us,
…let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful…
So the real question is, “In what ways am I unwilling to see God today?” If we ask that, He will answer, and will help us alter whatever it is we’re using to block Him out from some part of our lives. And the closer we get to Him, the more life we get from Him. All good things are available from the Father, if we just draw close enough to get them.
Come further up, and further in!