Remember the game from our childhood, Hide-and-Seek? With sweaty palms and a racing heart, it was a thrill to have “It” walk right by you as you froze and held your breath for fear of being discovered. Now, the fun of the game is replaced with frustration when I unintentionally “hide” the remote control, my keys, and reading glasses. These are physical examples of hiding, but what about trying to hide our sins from God.
The very first book of the Bible (Genesis 3) tells of Adam and Eve attempting to hide themselves in their garden paradise after they listened to the old serpent and disobeyed God by partaking of the forbidden fruit. When the Lord called the man, Adam’s reply was, “I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” Since that time, we have numerous biblical examples of people foolishly thinking they can conceal their transgressions. In Joshua 6, we have the account of Achan not heeding the Lord’s command and stealing spoils from the battle of Jericho. He mistakenly thought he could hide his loot in his tent and no one would be the wiser. However, not only does Achan eventually lose his life over this transgression, but many others’ lives are lost as well. King David tried to cover his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah, but it was not to be. Not only did Uriah die, but the innocent baby that was conceived from this adulterous relationship also perished. God tells David through Nathan the prophet, “Why have you despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight?” 2 Samuel 12:9. David’s further punishment was that the sword (evil and heartbreak), “shall never depart from your house because you have despised me…” Other examples of people thinking to hide sins are the brothers of Joseph trying to hide their misdeed of selling their brother from their father, Moses trying the hide the Egyptian he killed in the sand, Ananias and Sapphira’s lies to the Holy Spirit about the money they received from the selling of a field, etc.
Sometimes we deceive ourselves into thinking that God is like man and if we do things in secret or in the dark, He will not see us. Psalm 139 is a powerful telling of the omnipresent nature and power of our heavenly Father. The seventh verse of the above mentioned chapter asks the question, “Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence?” The psalmist eloquently answers, Nowhere.
Sometimes we rename sins to make them sound less offensive. Lies are fibs, fornication and adultery are affairs, and using the Lord’s name in vain and swearing is slang. No matter what we might choose to call these acts, the Bible calls them sin. Sin is like a spiritual cancer. It can grow within us and eventually lead to our spiritual separation from God if we do not remove it from our lives.
So, what are we to do? 1 John 1:10 states that we all have sinned, but our loving God has not left us without a remedy. 1 John 2:2 states that Jesus is the answer to our sin problem, and if we confess those sins, “He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Hebrews 4:13 says, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Our Creator knew we would fall under the lure of sin, but He so graciously paid the high cost and made a way for us to come back to Him – the precious blood of Christ. When we sin, as we will, we must humbly confess those errors and turn away from them and be restored to the favor of our heavenly Father. Thank you, Lord for your mercy and grace. What a loving God we serve!