Daily Devotional

Psalm 9:10

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

We’re all familiar with the childhood game of “hide and seek.” It’s a great game because it requires no extra items to play, needs nothing to be setup ahead of time, and is relatively simple to explain. The goal of those who hide while playing hide and seek is to try to NOT be found by the one who is seeking. Throughout Scripture we see a different paradigm; the One that we are to seek is not hidden, and in fact wants us to find Him.

In Genesis 3 we see the fall of humanity when Adam and Eve made the choice to disobey God. What happens next is, to me, one of the most heartbreaking passages in the Bible and yet it is also profound for we see both man’s and God’s response to sin. Genesis 3:8 says, “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” God was not hiding; Adam and Eve were. God knew what Adam and Eve had done, and yet He still showed up. Man’s response to sin was to hide from God; the very One in whom they could find forgiveness and freedom from the shame they were experiencing.

When it comes to our relationship with God, we don’t need to stumble around in the dark, trying to find our own way to Him; neither do we need to hide away in shame or guilt. Both of these issues are solved through the person of Jesus Christ. It is through Him we have access to God, and it is through Him we are forgiven and made new. We are promised that if we seek Him, we will find Him and He will not forsake those who seek Him.
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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