Thursday, July 28, 2005

Where are you?

Have you ever noticed that when we do something wrong we try to hide it? For example, when a child has done something wrong, they try as hard as they can to avoid their parents. What causes this urge to hide? Maybe it is the guilt or consequences that follow sinful actions. Likewise, as Christians, we sometimes try to hide from God because of the bad things we have done.

When Adam and Eve committed the very first sin, eating of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, their eyes were opened and they were ashamed of what they had done. In Genesis 3:7-8 we read of Adam and Eve noticing that God was in the garden looking for them. When they heard God coming, they hid because they were afraid.

You might find it humorous that Adam and Eve were trying to hide themselves from the all-knowing God that we serve, but we all do it. Because of the shamefulness that comes from sinning, we try to hide our faults from God. No matter how much we try to hide though, He always knows what we have done.

In Genesis 3:9, God called out to Adam and Eve and asked them, “Where are you?” Does God constantly have to ask you where you are? Do you try to hide from Him? Honesty is the best way to strengthen your relationship with Him. Don’t be afraid to tell God all about what you have done. Be comforted by the fact that God wants to be in constant fellowship with us. You will realize that by communicating your faults with Him, He will help you overcome them. Stay strong and work hard at being honest with Him. Even though He already knows everything, the more honest you are with Him, the more honest you are with yourself.

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