Aug. 15, 2022

GOTCHA

GOTCHA

 

“I can never be lost to your Spirit!

I can never get away from my God!”

Psalm 139:7

 

 Humankind’s break because of sin back in Eden must have been hard on God. That early time in the day God came walking into the garden to have His usual talk with His friends, his children. God was never late for this appointment. When Adam and Eve didn’t show up, God was disappointed. It was God’s first disappointment. The first one to be disappointed on this earth was God. Adam and Eve had always met Him before, but they were not there this time. They broke their appointment, they stayed away. God didn’t fail them; they failed God. A broken appointment, a disappointed God, and unspoken fellowship. The cry of God found the man and woman hiding; skulking behind trees. Trees now served a new purpose and not a good one. Trees were never meant to hide behind; sin perverts all things. And all these weary years from Adam’s time unto this present day, God has been standing, waiting, and calling men and women and children back to His sacred appointment. The voice of God’s sorrow and seeking love is still echoing from a hill called Calvary through Jesus calling hiding humans back to Himself

 The truth is that you cannot hide from God. In Psalm 139, David expresses it this way: “This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God!

  If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, your strength will support me. If I try to hide in the darkness, the night becomes light around me. For even darkness cannot hide from God; to you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you.”

 The Bible also teaches that since we are human and live with a fallen nature in a fallen world, we all stumble or make mistakes in many ways. So we hide from God, because we don’t realize who we are; that we are all mercy cases. But because of the love and mercy of Christ we are forgiven, cleansed and made right in Him. If we just look at our carnal nature and at our sin, we will try to our hide our guilt from the One who sees and knows all. But if we look to Christ and confess our faults to Him, we have no need to hide, and will eagerly and thankfully embrace Him.

 Aren’t you glad that Jesus did not come to judge us, but to restore us to a righteous relationship with God. Hiding from God is a living hell. When we walk with God heaven comes down and glory fills our soul.

 When my boys were young, we would often playfully wrestle on the living room floor together.  I would close my eyes and count to three and then from various hiding places – behind the couch, under a chair,  or under a table , my three sons would scramble around and it would be my task to find them, catch them, and then enjoy a fun tussle with them. When caught,  I would tickle them and happily shout out “Gotcha!”

 The good news is that is what our Heavenly Father does to us. He knows where we are hiding, and seeks us out and when we surrender to His loving embrace He shouts, “Gotcha!” and never lets us go.

 As always, see you next time and have a great day...