Is the most Adam-like trait in all of us, the impulse to hide? Is hiding our most natural state…. when we struggle or sin?
In the beginning, God asked Adam, “Where are you?” Adam replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid.
Genesis 3: 8-10
Moses fled to the land of Midian because he was afraid of what he had done. Afraid he would be punished for murdering an Egyptian.
Hide an act of concealing,
Prevent from being seen, to remain out of sight.
Does hiding a wrong erase it? Does it postpone its discovery?
Can we hide from God?
Psalm 139: 1-12 The Message reads;
God investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back. I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there too- your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful… I cannot take it all in! Is there any place I can go to avoid your spirit? To be out of your sight?
Is there any place I can go to avoid your spirit?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there. If I go underground, you are there. If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, you’d find me in a minute…. you’re already there waiting. Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark. At night I’m immersed in the light.” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.
In those nights when I can’t sleep, I replay all the times I’ve failed, or let others down, somehow didn’t measure up. I feel painfully exposed.
I seek to find comfort in the word of God, comfort in knowing God knows me, understands me, cares about me.
Yes our Adam-like trait, the trait that causes quarrels and fights among us, comes from the war waging inside us, we want our own way so we fight and quarrel. James 4:1-3
Because I am a believer in Christ Jesus, I am a new creation, made in the image of God… so let us run to Him, not away.
Until next time, Pam