“Let’s play hide and seek Daddy,” my four year old daughter said to me. A thought struck me. “Do you know who was the first person to play hide and seek?”
The answer is “the very first human being, Adam.” Adam played hide and seek with God in the garden of Eden.
“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?'” (Genesis 3:8-9)
Adam was the first to hide and God was the first to seek. “Adam, where are you!” God demanded a response from His exposed creation. And humanity has been playing hide and seek ever since. We have now made hiding our sin a game. We have become so acustomed to hiding that we begin to act as though God is not seeking.
Humanity was never intended to hide from God, but sin prompts us to do just that; to hide from God and from one another. Only Jesus covers us from the embarassment of being exposed before a holy, righteous and just God. The life and work of Jesus Christ removes all sin and also the need to hide. Through the cross of Christ, we are rejoined to God and with each other. Perfect love casts out all fear. Step out of hiding and allow yourself to be loved by the seeking God.
PS – You are not really doing such a good job of hiding from Him anyway. (He knows everything.)
Jason Betler is the founding evangelist of The Nations Hope, and an ordained minister of The Foursquare Church. A "dad joke" enthusiast, Jason and his wife Angelique reside with their three children in San Jose, California.
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