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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 17: Hide And Seek


You know the game.

Someone HIDES. Someone SEEKS.

The SEEKING one starts counting

and the HIDING one HIDES.

And then once the words

"Ready or not here I come"

are heard,

the game begins.

There is no turning back,

until the HIDER is FOUND.

The length of the game is determined by the

HIDING PLACE.

When was this game first played?

In the very beginning with

Adam & Eve~

the first HIDERS.

And then the game began

when

THE SEEKER shows up

with the WORDS~

"WHERE ARE YOU?"*

And then the GAME was over,

the moment Adam answered from the

HIDING place~

“I heard the sound of YOU in the garden,

and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself" *(Genesis 3:9-10).

TO HIDE~

"to prevent something, including oneself, from being seen or discovered" (logos).

FEAR HIDES!

So who were Adam & Eve really HIDING from?

Oh yes from GOD,

but also themselves

because that is what

SHAME does.

But there is

GOD

watching the whole game,

wanting to stop the game,

because

GOD doesn't play games

because

LIFE isn't a GAME.

Why would you HIDE from someone who LOVES you?

Why would you HIDE from someone who CREATED you?

Only because you don't know who

GOD REALLY IS.

GOD IS LOVE

and

LOVE ALWAYS FINDS you

no matter how good you think your

HIDING place is.

Why would GOD even ask the question

"WHERE ARE YOU"

when HE knew exactly where they were?

Because that is what LOVE does.

LOVE FINDS

you & me & everyone else

with a huge shout that ends the game~

"Come out come out wherever you are".

LOVE IS A RELATIONSHIP!

LOVE FINDS to LOVE the HIDER

because

"There is no fear in LOVE. But perfect LOVE drives out fear,

because fear has to do with punishment.

The one who fears is not made perfect in LOVE" (I John 4:18).

because

LOVE covers ALL!

Maybe that is why

GOD didn't HIDE JESUS on the CROSS

the day HE nailed

EVERY THING

that would cause me & you & everyone else

ever to want to HIDE.

That one thing

that you wish you didn't do

that covers you with SHAME

because you fall short of not only your own

EXPECTATIONS that you place on yourself

but also the EXPECTATIONS that others placed on you,

but most of all the falling short of

the EXPECTATIONS that you believe GOD has placed on you.

Anyone who HIDES is HIDING from their CREATOR

whether they believe so or not.

BUT GOD has one EXPECTATION~

TO RECEIVE & BELIEVE IN JESUS

who didn't HIDE on the cross,

but was laid bare

wearing

ALL our SHAMEFUL acts

to put them to DEATH

so we don't have to ever

HIDE anymore.

Oh our LOVING GOD

SEEKS THE LOST

so that they will be

FOUND

so that LIFE isn't a GAME anymore

as it becomes about living

THE ABUNDANT LIFE

so that everyone WINS.

READY OR NOT

JESUS HAS COME!

Therefore

"COME OUT OF HIDING"

(listen to the song below)



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