the day to realize that you can run, but you can’t hide.
“And they heard the voice 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 amongst the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8 KJV
How often have we done something that we know is wrong and attempted to solve the problems created as a result of our action by running away from them? Perhaps we don’t really run away, but we turn from our difficulties and pretend they don’t exist. This is the same thing as running away, and while we can simply ignore our problems, we cannot hide from them. They are not going anywhere unless we deal with them. When we finally open our eyes to them, they will still be right there. Unfortunately, the time we spent ignoring them generally has allowed them to become worse.
When Adam and Eve hid as God approached, they did it out of embarrassment over their nakedness. The ability to instinctively know that they had done wrong was due to the conscience that God placed inside them.
And while our conscience may not be able to prevent us from running away from, or attempting to ignore our sins, it does prevent us from being able to hide from them and, more importantly, it reminds us that we cannot hide our sins from God.
It would be far too easy to lay the blame for all of our troubles at Adam and Eve’s feet. After all, if they had not disobeyed God, we would all be living in paradise, right?
The fact of the matter is that each one of us has pretty much the same choice as Adam and Eve: we can choose to obey the Lord, or not.
Hopefully, we will all strive to make the right choice. Praying for strength to resist temptation is always more preferable than asking forgiveness after the fact. But should we give in to sin, the important thing to remember is to stand before God, admit it, and ask forgiveness.
Ignoring the signals that our conscience sends us will not work. When it comes to the Lord, as much as we may try to run, we can never hide the truth from the One who is the truth.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson