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Concealing Sin

Genesis 3:7-13

7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool[a] of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”[b] 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

I have a habit that I believe we all struggle with. I sin. I usually know it right away but it’s not the habit of Sin that I am referring to. It's what happens after I've sinned and realized it. Just like Adam and Eve, I often struggle with how to behave after I've realized that I've sinned. As you read in the passages above from Genesis, Adam and Eve sinned and then realized it! Their eyes were opened, their minds aware, and they tried to conceal their sin. They wanted to cover up their nakedness and hope that there would not be any consequences to face.

Do you ever do that? I do that sometimes. I sin and then I realize it and try to cover up my sin and conceal my mess. It takes a lot of energy to do that. I often find myself exhausted from trying to cover up and conceal the dirt in my life.

If you notice though, God came to them in the garden. He pursued them and looked for them. Not out of judgement or wrath, but love. Like a father looking for his children playing in a garden, He knew they were hiding from him because they had made a mistake. He searched for them and called to them. God wants to search out and call out our sin, personally. He comes to us as we are concealing ourselves from Him and calls out to us. I am so thankful that Adam responded to His call.

Do you respond to God's call? Sometimes I am afraid of simply acknowledging His presence. Sometimes I would rather stay hidden and concealed. God called us out of hiding, out of darkness, and into the light of His presence, because it is in His presence that our sin can be revealed, repented for and atoned for. Satan tried to convince me often that there is no use in exposing myself to God. That is a lie.

So, Adam and Eve hid because they were scared. Sin is scary. It makes a big