Have you ever watched a kid playing peek-a-boo? It’s hilarious. Most of the time, the child gets this idea that if they cover their eyes, nobody can see them. Oh, if only it were that easy!
It’s cute when you’re a kid. But if a grown-up had that misconception? You think you can hide from someone by covering your eyes? No. If a grown-up thinks that’s the way it works, they’re going to get into a lot of trouble.
So if every rational, thinking adult realizes that you can’t hide from the world by covering your eyes, why do we think we can get away from God? Where do we get the idea that we can escape His view or even His grasp?
Today’s verse is Hebrews 4:12.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
I blogged about this passage earlier this year, but a different part of it stood out to me this morning. God’s Word exposes everything we are, everything we want out of life. We can’t hide from it. We can’t escape it.
It’s tempting to try, though. We screw up. We choose to sin. We feel shame. The automatic response is to scurry away into the shadows where nobody can see us, but that doesn’t help us. And it doesn’t prevent God from finding out about what you’ve done.
God knows everything about us already, and when we try to conceal something from Him, it’s like a toddler playing peek-a-boo. We think we’re succeeding. We think we’re being clever, when in reality we’re just making idiots out of ourselves.
It’s a difficult mindset to get into—running to God after I’ve face planted. But I’m learning. Because I’m not strong enough to get through life on my own. I need Him to forgive me when I choose the wrong path, and I need His help to get back on the right road. He does. Every time.
Hiding from God is a waste of time and energy. Granted, that doesn’t mean you should treat your sins like they don’t matter, because they do. But you should see them the way God sees them, just like you should see yourself the way God sees you.
You’re priceless. God loves you so much that He gave His everything to save you, and He won’t ever let you go, no matter what you do. So when you screw up (and you will screw up), don’t run away. Don’t try to hide it. Be honest with God. Be real, because He knows anyway, and He’s desperate to help you.