Tuesday, May 12, 2015

You Can’t Run – You Can’t Hide

"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." - Genesis 3:8


"Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the morning,

And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there Your hand shall lead me,

And Your right hand shall hold me.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”

Even the night shall be light about me;

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,

But the night shines as the day;

The darkness and the light are both alike to You." - Psalms 139:7.12

Our reaction to sin is always the same.  We'd rather not discuss it with God, and we'd just prefer not to have Him acknowledge it.  Yet, through His Spirit, He does.  Conviction in the heart, that shame and guilt we feel, is brought about by the God's acknowledgement of our sin through the Holy Spirit within those of us that are His.  It's the quietness of the call of God saying as He did to Adam and Eve, "Where are you?" 

David felt the same shame when he penned Psalms 139 and proclaimed that he had made his bed in hell, but yet God was there.  We can try to run, and we can try to hide.  We can stop going to church, we can stop reading our Bibles, stop praying, trying our best to just live out a happy life of sin.  But God is relentless in His love for us.  He will not give up on His children.  He will continually seek you out until the prodigal has returned.   

Luke 15:4-7 describes God as the shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep who did not go astray, and goes after the one that did.  It says He will go after the "one which is lost until he finds it".  Until he finds it, he seeks and seeks and seeks.  Sometimes God seeks us for years and years, but He is relentless.  His love never ends.  And when He finds you, He rejoices and all of Heaven rejoices with Him.  But even greater joy comes to the one who repents, and walks out of the guilt and shame like a pile of dirty clothes on the laundry room floor.


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