There’s one thing victims of blackmail all have in common. They did something they shouldn’t have. The thing they did made them vulnerable. If they’d only done the right thing, there would be nothing to come back and bite them.
That first man and woman didn’t know how vulnerable you could feel till it happened to them. They had a profound urge to cover up. (Genesis 3 v 7) It made them feel fearful, exposed and at risk (verse 10).
Then God arrived on the scene. Was he hunting them down like some celestial paparazzi, ready to point the finger, get the low down, and issue punishment?
No, I believe he was coming like a tender mother sensing her child’s distress. He was coming because they were fearful; because they were vulnerable; because the covering they had made for themselves was woefully inadequate.
Did the Almighty, omniscient, omnipotent God not know where his two children were? That would be absurd! He came seeking them out, longing to sort out the problem and restore relationship with them. Just like Jesus, he came to seek and save that which was lost. (Luke 19 v 10). God’s hand is not a finger pointing accusation, but a hand reaching out for reconciliation.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46 v 1)
– even when the trouble is of our own making!