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Have you ever wanted to hide? I distinctly remember hiding under my bed once when I was in the first grade. A child from my class and her parents stopped at my house. I don’t remember why. I also don’t remember why I hid. But I do remember my mother’s astonishment to find me hiding under the bed. Another thing children do is blame each other. Were you anxious to point the finger at another when you got in trouble?
Even today, when we do something wrong, we want to hide. And we blame others. This started happening in the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve sinned, Genesis 3:7 says, “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.” (NIV) People have been hiding from God and each other in various ways since that time.
Genesis 3:12-13 also tells us that Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent for eating the forbidden fruit. Sounds like children saying, “he made me do it!”
One impact of sin in this world is hiding and blaming. One way people avoid God is by skipping prayer and worship. They also blame something else for their disobedience, much like kids making excuses. When we find ourselves doing this, remember that the best action is to face God and ‘fess up.
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