Hiding? Not Really

Heavenly Father, we are so grateful to have made it to this new Day. Dear God, help us to continue to cling to you, listen to you, and strive to draw nearer to you. Lord, please help us to use the talents and gifts you’ve given us as you intended. In the name of Jesus help us to be a blessing to others and not stumbling blocks hindering others from growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus, we thank you so much for your guidance and protection over us and our families and loved ones.

The room grows silent at the mention of the name of Jesus.  What makes some people shrink back at the mention of Jesus? Well, John 3:19-21 tell us that Light has come into the world, (that’s Jesus) but men loved darkness (that’s Satan) instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” Since Adam and Eve, mankind attempts to conceal themselves from our Omnipresent God. Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” (Isaiah 29:15)

Genesis 3:8-9 says “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?” Scoffers (or people who make fun of the Bible) might ask: “If God knows everything, why did he ask where are you?” However, this is actually a good question. My pastor preached on this some time ago. He said God knew where they were, but Adam and Eve did not know where they were. My pastor said that sin placed Adam and Eve out of fellowship with God and therefore they were now lost. I believe that God was actually asking Adam and Eve: “Do you know where you are?”

Brothers and sisters, without God’s presence, and guidance in our lives, we are walking around groping in darkness. We do not know where we are.  Adam and Eve were in the very presence of God, yet they were now spiritually dead. The same problem exists today among devoted church members. These people attend and serve in the church, yet they are doing dark deeds thinking they can hide them from God. They are spiritually dead. Within the darkness are wars, hatred, misery, and strife. Those who are in darkness must come to light because “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” (Says Hebrews 4:13)

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