Who can hide from God?
Today’s devotion is based on Jeremiah 23:23-24, “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.”
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they thought they could hide from God. They crouched behind bushes and out of sight. It was the first time that people were terrified of God, but it wouldn’t be the last.
We can try to run from God by turning God’s law into suggestions, thus dulling our consciences. We can even trick ourselves into believing that God does not care about us or what we do. But as God declares through Jeremiah, “Do not I fill heaven and earth?”
God wants to be with his people even though they sin and make mistakes. God became like us. Jesus was born, lived a human life, and died a human death. Jesus did that because he did not want our death to separate us from him. Instead, he died to bring us to him in glory in heaven.
Until then, God is still near us. He guides us through life. He seeks us when we stray. He rejoices when he finds us. It’s all because he loves to be with us.
Please pray with me, Dear, ever-present, ever-seeing God; thank you for seeking me and turning me back to you when I try to hide from you. Please help me find comfort in your presence. In Jesus’ blessed name, I pray. Amen.