Hide n' Go Seek

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Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13

Adult devotional, hide and seek"Ollie, Ollie, oxen free! Come out; come out, wherever you are!" Sound familiar? What child hasn't played Hide and Go Seek? Watching young children hide by covering their eyes, or pushing their heads into a couch pillow with their rear ends sticking out, is quite amusing! They figure if they can't see the seeker, then the seeker can't see them! 

Isn't this a picture of what we sometimes do with God? 

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I remember being overwhelmed with the knowledge that God sees me, ALL. THE. TIME! I couldn't do anything without him knowing about it. There was no place to hide! (A frightening thought when you're trying to live life apart from Him.)

But our Seeker, who knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts, pursues us despite our waywardness. When we come to the realization that God's kindness leads us to repentance, and not his wrath, that is the beginning of overcoming our fear of God, and starting a life of friendship with him. When we understand that the Seeker isn't out to get us, but wants to rescue us, it is a life-changing, load-off-your-back kind of experience!

But what about today's Bible verse that says we must give an account? Who among us is worthy to stand? The answer is no one! Apart from Jesus, our only hope would be to run and hide. Yet, our attempts would be as futile as a small child closing her eyes to get away. 

Thanks be to God, our sins are forgiven because of Jesus. We can stand before him with eyes wide open!

I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name
(1 John 2:12).

Jesus gives a good account on our behalf. His sacrifice makes us righteous. We are secure in him. What a blessed thought! Who wants to run and hide from that kind of love? Sadly, sometimes we do, which is why God's children are to continue publishing peace to those who need salvation, and to those who need reminding of their position in Christ---even ourselves!

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Prayer: "Thank you God that you loved me before I loved you. Thank you for seeking me when I was lost and didn't want to be found. Thank you for counting me righteous. Help me to always run towards you. Amen."

For your continued meditation read:
Psalm 139:7-12; Matthew 12:36-37, 18:12-14; Romans 2:4; Isaiah 52:7.

Copyright 2012 SA Keith

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