Hiding from God

Daily reading: Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8                   
Saturday September 17, 2016
Focus passage: During the day’s cool evening breeze, they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden; and the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God in the middle of the garden’s trees. Genesis 3:8
It always strikes me to think of how they really thought they could hide from God, but also hide what they did.
Which gets me thinking about how we hide our mistakes because maybe we are ashamed, or maybe we don’t want to deal with the consequences, or maybe we are so hurt that we don’t mind hurting someone else?  Or, maybe we are afraid if found out we will realize that we have completely broken what we had beyond repair. 
Hiding our mistakes rarely ends up well.  It can consume us and that is not the kind of life God desires for us.
We find that there are consequences to the human’s actions but they do not negate God’s faithfulness and love for God’s creation. Despite the tear they create in their relationship with God, God doesn’t give up on them.
Remember, this is only the beginning.

Prayer: God, help me to make good choices today that show love and respect to you, myself and my neighbor.  Amen.

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