Sunday July 11, 2010 | Kevin Johnson
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?"
As children, we learn to play “hide-and-seek” with our siblings, parents and friends. Many of us continue to play this game with God as adults. Kevin Johnson challenges us to turn to God with our whole heart and receive God’s mercy and grace.
In Genesis 3:6-10 we read the story of Adam and Eve as they became aware of their nakedness and hid from God. Kevin connected this story to a common struggle that many of us have with hiding ourselves from each other and God. We put up a front that we think will work well for whomever we want to please and impress. As well as this might seem to work at times, it never works with God (Heb. 4:12-13) and in the long run it does more harm that good in our other relationships.
Thankfully, in addition to God’s never being fooled by our hiding, God is also merciful and gracious. Read Hebrews 4:13-16 especially that last sentence. Kevin clarified our situation with this:
There are really only two things that keep us from God.
1. an inaccurate view of God.
2. an accurate view of ourselves.
Most of us know that we are naked and not fit to be in the presence of God, but we have to also know the truth about God’s grace as well in order to overcome our reluctance of approaching God in honesty and humility. Kevin closed his message today with this summary:
“Beloved, I see you. Turn to me and I will run to you.”