Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 15 – Why is God hard to find?  
Genesis 3:8

In this lesson, we will be answering the question, “Why is God so hard to find?” 

Adam and Eve just ate the fruit that God told them not to eat.  They sinned against God. Their eyes were opened and now they were seeing the effects of their sin.

Genesis 3:8 – “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.”

What did Adam and Eve hear?  They heard the voice of the LORD God.  Notice the word Jehovah (LORD) is used here.  It speaks about God who has a relationship with His people.

Before Adam and Eve disobeyed God, when God came to the garden, he would call out to them and they would come and talk with Him. 

But now after they disobeyed God, when they heard God coming, they hid from Him.  Instead of coming to God and telling him about what they did wrong, they hid themselves. 

Who did they hide from?  They are hiding from the LORD God who wants to have a relationship with them.  Likewise, God wants to have a relationship with you too. 

Some people ask, “Why is it God hard to find God?”  In verse 8, where was God?  Was He hiding?  No, He was in a place where He could be seen. 

What does this teach us about God?  God wants people to find Him.  God was calling out making His location known.  God does not make it hard for people to find Him.

He was not the one who was hiding.  Adam and Eve were hiding in the trees.  They are the ones who did not want to see God.

So, why is God so hard to find sometimes?  It is because man is the one hiding from God.  Man tries to avoid God.  It is hard to find God when you are hiding in the trees. 

The best thing for you to do is to come out of hiding.  Be open and honest with God about your sin.  That means no more secrets with God.

Tell God the truth about your sin. Tell God the truth about your wrong desires and your wrong choices. Tell God the truth about yourself.

God wants to have a relationship with you.  Ask God to show you the way to have a relationship with Him.  God is not hiding from man, but man is the one hiding from God because of our sin.

The reason why people think God is so hard to find is because they are in the wrong place.  They are hiding from Him.  They are not in the place where God is.

In the garden, God was out in the open.  Adam and Eve knew right where God was.  If you want to find God, you will need to come out in the open and meet Him where He is.

God wants a relationship with you.  But if you will not be open and honest about your sin or if you try to hide yourself from Him, you will not find God.

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Questions Lesson 15

1. According to Genesis 3:8, whose voice did Adam and Eve hear?  _____________

2. According to the Bible, the name Jehovah speaks about God who has a relationship with His people.    
a. True
b. False

3. According to Genesis 3:8, when Adam and Eve heard God coming, what did they do?  _______

4. According to Genesis 3:8, God was hiding from Adam and Eve.     
a. True
b. False

5. According to Genesis 3:8, God was in a place where He could be seen.     
a. True
b. False

6. According to the Bible, God wants people to find Him.       
a. True
b. False

7. According to the Bible, God makes it difficult for people to find Him.    
a. True      
b. False

8. According to the Bible, God wants you to come to him and confess your sin problem to Him.      a. True               
b. False

9.  According to this lesson, the reason why people think God is hard to find is because they are hiding from Him.    
a. True  
b. False

10. According to this lesson, if you will not be open and honest about your sin to God, then you will not find Him.         
a. True
b. False

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