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Come Out of Hiding

1. In Genesis 3:9, God calls for Adam and asks where he is. It may seem like a weird question since God is omniscient, meaning He knows everything. Why would He need to ask where someone is if He knows everything? But God asks questions not for the sake of His learning but for ours. When God asked Adam where he was, He was asking about the position of his heart relative to Himself, not where he was hiding. How about you? Where is your heart relative to God? What could you do to get closer to Him?

2. Sometimes we’re called to do something that feels out of our comfort zone. We’re afraid of the unknown, so we shy away from what God is calling us into. But hiding from God is even more dangerous than pressing into anything God directs us toward. When He is guiding us, we are under His protection, but when we run from Him we are running into dark places that can bring harm not just to us, but to those close to us (see Jonah 1:1-6). What is something you think God may be calling you to do? What are you afraid will happen if you step out on faith?

3. We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Sometimes that sin leads to shame, causing us to hide from those who love us, even God. Maybe you’ve relapsed, so you’re not going around your family. Or you’re engaged in certain behaviors, so you’ve stopped going to church. Whatever it is, know that even if those around you aren’t always as welcoming, God always wants us to bring our complete selves to Him because of His love for us. Is there a part of you that you're ashamed of revealing to God or His people? Take some time to think about how good God has been to you. Remember that He loves you and wants you to pursue Him. What would it look like for you to have a more intimate relationship with God?


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