He answered, “I heard you in the garden , and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
Genesis 3:10 NIV
Adam is afraid of God. He knows he has sinned and fears God’s judgement which well he should.
The Bible tells us to fear God because he will judge us and he has the power to destroy both body and soul in Hell. However, what Adam has forgotten is how much God cares for him. Has he forgotten about the beautiful garden that God provided for him? That God gave him a wife as a companion and all the animals as his own?
It is easy to fear God’s judgement and forget about his care for us. His judgement is there to bring us back in alignment with him, so he can bless us. He wants to bless us.
When we run and hide and shut our eyes and ears to him, we totally miss out on the blessings.
When we sin, yes, we are subject to judgement. But He has given us the mechanisms for repentance and forgiveness. He always wants to bless us. He doesn’t want us cowering in a hole.