In the Garden of Eden when sin came into the world, who hid? Jesus came into the world to seek and to save the lost. Jesus wasn’t the one who was hiding. God is not a fugitive. We are the ones on the run. Scripture declares that the wicked flee when no man pursues. As Luther remarked, “The pagan trembles at the rustling of a leaf.” The uniform teaching of Scripture is that fallen men are fleeing from God. There is none who seeks after God.
Chosen By God (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1986), 109-110.