God’s ultimate questions to us are of being—not questions of knowing and especially not questions of doing.
His question to Adam and Eve about location (“Where are you?”) has greater bearing, not on the bushes they were hiding in, but rather where they were in relationship to Him.
Where are you spiritually? Where are you in relation to your real Self—which is, after all, God-within-you?
Elijah flees for his life after Jezebel promises to kill him. Then he decides he is no better than his fathers and tells God he is ready to die. God tells Elijah to stand before Him on the mount. And a great wind came and an earthquake and a fire. But God was not in the wind or earthquake or fire. And after the fire came a still small voice. We, too, seek a knowing in a still small voice.
God directs us through the psalmist to “be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). Notice the need to be still in order to know. When we know God, we come to know ourselves and the divinity in our being. We come to know that our being in relationship with God is his greatest desire.
Ann Glover O’Dell