Hiding and Seeking

“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. But the LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:8-9)

None of us can hide ourselves (including our guilt and shame) from God. He does not need to call out to us or ask us where we are. He knows. He has work to complete and He will complete it, and frankly, He will do so with or without our acquiescence.

God says, “I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.” (Ezekiel 34:16) He will find those of His people who are hurting and lost, and He will bring them back to Him.

Romans 3:11 tells us that no man seeks after God, so He must seek after them. In our depravity, our sinfulness, our reprobation, we simply will not look for God on our own. Indeed, in John 6:44, we are told by Jesus that the Father must draw us to Him.

This is some pretty powerful stuff and is foundational to our faith. Salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone and not through anything that we ourselves do. Simply put, our works, regardless of how righteous we may think they are, are filthy in the eyes of a perfectly holy God. And because we are unholy, God must seek us out. We would never do it on our own. Scripture makes that clear.

Therefore, we ourselves cannot seek out unbelievers and try to “talk them into” becoming Christ followers. Only God can do that work. But it is our work, according to the Great Commission, to share the Gospel message with all men. We need to share the Word with everyone to ensure that the right person gets the right message at the right time.

Statistically speaking, the more often we share the Message, the greater the chance that we will share it with someone who desperately needs to hear it. Today is the day of salvation for someone out there, so it’s always a good time to share the Good News.

(Susan Lockhart)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Attributes of a Disciple on August 24th, 2019 - Watch Sermon