Hide and Seek

“Suddenly their eyes were open to a reality previously unknown. For the first time, they sensed their vulnerability and rushed to hide their naked bodies, stitching fig leave into crude loincloths.” Genesis 3:7 (From The Voice Bible)


Do you know when the first Hide and Seek game took place? It took place in Genesis 3:7. Remember? God told Adam and Eve NOT to eat from the Tree of Knowledge but they instantly showed they were human and listened to the voice of the serpent. Once they ate from the Tree of Knowledge, we learn that their eyes were opened and they begin to cover themselves and hide from God. But, did they really hide from God? No. God knew immediately what they had done and where they were. Hence, this Hide and Seek game became known as the moment man became separated from God.

When we were children, we have all played the Hide and Seek game. One person is chosen as the seeker and the others are to go hide. Then, the seeker counts to a number and then begins to seek the rest of the group.  I remember times when playing this game where the group would try to trick the one who was the seeker.

As adults, we still play the Hide and Seek game. In this game, we are more like Adam and Eve. We do, say, or think things that we know do not meet the approval of God and His Word. When we sin, we tend to want to go run and hide from God and place the blame on someone or something else. Just as original sin separated man from God, our sin separates us from God.

Yet, when we attempt to hide due to sin, we must realize that God is seeking us. We cannot trick God while we are in hiding thinking he will never find us.He doesn’t want rationale of why we sinned. He doesn’t buy into the blame game or scapegoats because he created us and knows our hearts.  It is in these moments where God  is seeking us the most. God longs for us to come to him through His Son, Jesus Christ, to confess our sin and accept his forgiveness. God sent his Son so that we could be forgiven, not feel ashamed, and have life eternal. Once we seek God’s forgiveness, we must face the realities of our consequences, learn from the mistake, and ask Christ to be our strength to help us when those moments of weakness come again.

How do you want to live your life? A life of hiding or a life of seeking?


12 thoughts on “Hide and Seek

  1. I love Chris Tomlin and this is one of my favorite songs of his, which are many. It’s so wonderful to shed the chains of our sins and have freedom in Christ. Wonderful, wonderful post. Sandy

  2. April, this is on time. We should not try to hide from God for He sees all things. We should seek Him when we sin and ask forgiveness and repent. He wants us to feel sorrow for what we have done. We should be running to Him for sin displeases Him. We want to do His will with a contrite heart of repentenace. We should Hide from the devil by seeking God and hiding under God’s protection.

    A Woman After God’s Own Heart ♥

  3. Because of what Jesus did for us on the Cross–and then conquered death and the grave and rose again–and because He ascended and is with The Father always available to us through the Holy Spirit–we do not have to play Hide and Seek! We can come to the Throne of Grace as often as we wish–and always find a home in His Loving Arms of forgiveness, mercy, grace and eternal love.

  4. Good post April, we could only get a grasp on the love that God seeks us with it could change our whole perspective on God and the Christian life. God seeks us not because we are worth seeking after but because of some unknown reason, the God who hates sin loves sinners.

    1. I always say love the sinner and hate the sin. So many times I have seen those who are living a life of sin change their ways because someone showed them Christ-like love. It is important to meet the sinner where they are at and then begin gently turning them to the right path and walking them to the Light of Christ.

  5. Good post, if we could only grasp within our finite minds how God loves us and seeks us. Not because we are worth seeking, but because for some odd reason the God who hates sin loves us sinners with an unfailing love that puts seeking the one lost sheep over the ninty and nine who are safe.

  6. I think you touched on one of the big reasons we tend to try to hide from Him at times, that being the shame of our sins. It can be nearly impossible to believe that He will forgive those sins when we come to Him prayerfully in confession and obedience. Even worse, we may continue to beat ourselves up over past sins that we have confessed, without fully understanding what God does with those sins; “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12). So if He isn’t going to remember then, why should we? If only more people knew and shared in the true liberty that following Christ brings! Besides, as you point out, hiding from God doesn’t work…just ask Jonah!!! Nice post, April.

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