~ …hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God..Genesis 3:8 ~
Sin fractures our relationship with God and with others. It creates a painful emotional distance and destroys the close fellowship the Lord intended for us to enjoy. Yet God created us to interact with Him and have an intimate relationship with Him. He desires for us to walk with Him daily, enjoying the rich fellowship he offers.
~ Charles Stanley – Life Principles Daily Bible, NASB, 2011 ~
Read: Genesis 5 – 6:22; Psalm 2:7-12; Proverbs 1:10-19; and Matthew 3:1-17
Our Heavenly Father meets us where we are at. However, sometimes we tend to buy into the illusion we can keep our true self from Him. In reality, God is omniscient and knows our hearts. Despite our best efforts, we remain in the darkness so that our deeds are not shown for what they truly are (see, John 3:19).
As we come to trust in Christ, and the Father whom sent the Savior, we surrender to God’s will. This includes surrendering our very fallen nature. Pride births sinful passions and desires. There is no place in God’s kingdom for those who continue to walk in unrighteousness.
For the wages of sin are death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
~ Romans 6:23, KJV ~
The encounter of God and the Fall of Adam teaches the true passion of God’s love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (see, Romans 5:8).
Our first parents hid themselves out of shame and guilt. Like Adam, we are afraid because of our own nakedness before a Sovereign God. They attempted to cover themselves with fig leaves. Through their disobedience in partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve placed humanity under the consequences of sin and death. Through Christ, we receive redemption and a new nature.
God’s plan from the beginning is to restore the divine relationship between humanity and Himself.
Instead of hiding in shame and guilt from God, let us come forth and meet Him. Let us come before a Sovereign God, naked, broken, ashamed and willing to be transformed and conformed to the image of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
It is through Christ, Jesus, we continually reveal our sinful nature. Once revealed, we surrender it all the more to God and let go of our fallen nature. He is faithful and just to continue to create within us a new nature that reflects the righteousness of Christ (See, 1 John 1:9).
- What area in your life have you kept from God? Are there sins one has not confessed yet?
- What is preventing you from meeting God in your daily life?
- Seeking God daily helps us maintain focus on consistent transformation of our old self to a new identity in Jesus Christ. What is helping you transform your heart, mind and soul toward the things of God?
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
And lead me in the way of everlasting!
~Psalm 139:23-24, ESV ~