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Are You Hiding?

They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God.” (Genesis 3:8)

Hiding. It is what we do when we’re afraid, when we’re ashamed, when we know we’ve messed up but we don’t want to face the consequences. Once Eve sinned, what may have been a daily, joyous routine, sharing the evening hours with her Creator, now became something to dread. She found herself hiding from God—and even ashamed for her husband to see her as she was.

Are you in hiding?

It may be hard to admit that we are trying to avoid God. We may find plenty of excuses to skip Bible reading, steer clear of friends who might confront us, or simply stop listening to truth. Sometimes we’ve been in hiding for so long that we’ve forgotten the reason why. Hiding from God keeps us from His presence, which leads to spiritual drought.

Our attempts to hide from God are as juvenile as the two year old covering his eyes and believing that he is hidden from view. Yet when we are unwilling to discuss something with a godly counselor, when we resist the things of God, when we fill up our lives with enough activity to drown out the Spirit’s conviction, we are in hiding mode.

Rather than fearing to come out into the open, we should fear the consequences of covering our sin. Consider this truth from the Word:

He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. How blessed is the man who fears always, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. (Proverbs 28:13-14)

A healthy fear of God leads to openness, honesty, and freedom. Confession of our sins brings the grace we so desperately need, but fear of confession brings concealment, deception, and enslavement to our fears. Hiding seeks the darkness for its covering; confession seeks the light (John 3:19–21).

Hiding is an attempt to deal with our sins independently from God; confession allows the blood of Christ to cover our sins.

Take Time to Reflect
Are there things you have kept hidden? Have you resorted to deception in an attempt to cover sin? Do you have hidden sin in the area of moral purity? Is your pride keeping you from being honest?

Is anything worth keeping you from experiencing God’s presence?

Prayerfully read John 3:16–21. Ask God to open your eyes to any sin you may have hidden for so long that you’re no longer convicted. Ask God to soften your heart and make it sensitive to sin. Be willing to agree with God about your sin.

Come clean and step into the light!

Adapted from my True Woman blog post: 09.08.08

2 Comments

  • Jenny

    Kim,

    Reading your blog today and reading God’s word led me to share.
    As I read your post, “Are there things you have kept hidden? Have you resorted to deception in an attempt to cover sin? Do you have hidden sin in the area of moral purity? Is your pride keeping you from being honest?”

    My answers “NO, NO, and NO.” I don’t know if anyone else ever reads questions like these on the church bulletins, blogs, books, etc. and proudly announces to themselves…….”Nope not me. I must be doing pretty well in my walk with God.” Well, I am ashamed to say that I have done this many times.

    Most people have heard the story of the prodigal son. While the focus of this story is always on the younger brother losing his way and returning to a father full of grace welcoming his son home, I want to share with you more about the older son. As I read this blog today, I came to see a truer image of myself. I have listened to many sermons on the prodigal son, I learned about the wonderful grace and mercy of Jesus Christ through the character of the father towards his prodigal son.

    Sometimes during these sermons I remember reading ahead about the older brother. Scripture tells us, “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’” Luke 15:11-32

    As I would read through these scriptures, I would find myself defending this older brother in my heart. Clearly, his anger towards his father for generously embracing his sinful brother while overlooking his diligent obedience was righteous! Or so I thought at the time.

    Today, my heart broke as the Holy Spirit revealed to me that this older brother had the same heart as his younger brother. They were both lost. How could I not see this before? The prodigal son’s brother is me! Oh, I have walked the walk and I have talked it well as a believer. I can answer “NO” to all the questions about outward sin! I have found myself to be more righteous than those who fall into to the so-called shameful sins, those we as Christians condemn. Yet my inward sin of self-righteousness is no different in God’s eyes than the outward sin of the prodigal son.

    Oh! Today, I had a break-through moment and I am thankful for this revelation in my heart. I am on the path to humility as I become more aware of my own wretched heart. I am no more worthy of His love and His grace than anyone else.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you for sharing, Jenny. I’m so glad the Lord is speaking to you through His Word. Your thoughts today are right in line with the message I heard Louie Giglio share at a Chris Tomlin concert this weekend.

    We are all unworthy of His love, but I’m so grateful for it!