“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