Run to your Father

"And they heard about the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, 'Where are you?' And he said, 'I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.'"

Genesis 3 describes one of the most defining moments in our worlds history. Prior to this, the world had been formless. God then spoke the universe into existence, creating the stars, the sun, the oceans, and life. He then created man, who would bear his image. Then, almost like he knew beforehand about all the stupid things males would end up doing, the Lord said "it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper fit for him." (Notice that when God created something, it is usually mentioned that God "saw that it was good." Without women, men must have had a troublesome future ahead!)

Adam and Eve lived in a good world made by a perfect God, with no effects of sin. The only condition was that they were not to eat of the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Once Adam and Eve ate of the fruit, their eyes were immediately opened to sin, and they realized they were naked.

What followed next was Adam and Eve having to deal with the consequences of their actions. Yet, there is a small detail that many don't see: when Adam and Eve sinned, the Lord came looking for them. He knew exactly where they had been and what happened, yet he came to the garden to meet them. Despite this, they hid from God.

When I sin, I do the same thing Adam and Even did when they sinned: I hide. My shame floods me like a river, and I think by hiding, I can escape any consequence. Often times I hide by pushing out the thought of my sin out of my mind, and do my best to avoid even THINKING about what the Lord wants to say to me in that moment.

I heard a speaker say this once: "When we sin, we try to hide from God. When he sin, God runs to us." Just like the father ran towards his son who returned home in Luke 15, God runs to us, ready to hold us in His arms, and bring us inside His house.

When you sin, resist the fleshly temptation telling you to hide from God, and run to Him. Talk to God, Confess what it is you have done, ask for forgiveness, and turn away from those sins. God loves you more than a human father could ever love his own child, and He wants more than anything for us to sit at His table.

"Grace that flows like a river, washing over me. Fount of Heaven, love of Christ, overflow in me. Thank you Jesus, you set me free. Christ my savior, you rescued me."