No Hiding!

READ:  Genesis 3:8-10  Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.  But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"   

He answered, "I heard your in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."    

When I was 16-years-old you could say that I wasn't the best driver. I don't think that I understood that when I backed up the back end went one way and the front end was going the other.  I was backing out of the garage one day and my front end side swiped the side of my mom and dad's garage.     

When I got home that night my dad asked me what happened to the garage.  I'm ashamed to say that I "Played Dumb" like I didn't know what he was talking about.   However, when my dad went to look at my 1980 Datsun, he noticed white paint on the maroon car!!  A DEAD GIVEAWAY that I knew what had happened!!!      

We laugh about it now - but in all seriousness.... I wanted to hide the situation from my father.    I knew that there would be consequences for my actions and I didn't want to live up to that reality.

Have you ever found yourself hiding from God?   Adam and Eve did.  They were tempted in the garden by satan (as the serpent), and when they gave in to his temptation and sinned - their eyes were opened. They saw the mistake they had made, but it was too late because there was division between them and God.   

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We are lucky in that we live in a day of GRACE.    Jesus made all the difference for us.   He was God's plan to bring relationship back between God and man.     When we do something wrong - we can get rid of that horrible feeling of guilt that makes us want to run and hid.   We don't need a mediator either - we can go straight to Jesus. The Bible tells us that we can come boldly to the throne of God and we can ask forgiveness and we will receive it.     

Don't let unforgiven sin come between your relationship with God and yourself.   You need Him to get through life and He needs you to be His hands and feet here on the earth.   We need to be the kingdom of God to those around us.....  You are kingdom people - so no hiding from God -- only building the most important RELATIONSHIP of your life!!