Nothing Can Keep You From God
It’s an age-old story. Kids sneaking a cigarette at school. Or taking off with the family car and hoping they can return it before anyone finds out. Somehow, it never works.
As a youngster, did you ever wonder how the principal—or your parents—always seemed to know what you did and how?
Just as you can never hide things from those in authority, you can’t hide from God, either. As the Psalm says, he knows everything you do. Your thoughts before you think them. Where you go. Where you sleep.
Yet what happens when you do something wrong? Say you treat someone harshly. Ridicule someone with a handicap. Laugh at another’s misfortune. Or steal money from the boss.
Afterwards, how do you feel about yourself? Guilty? Ashamed? Like you’re carrying around a 500-pound canary?
Instead of trying to hold those feelings in, the Bible says it’s better to talk to God about them.
The first book in the Bible (Genesis) has a story about Adam and Eve. God put them in a garden. He told them they could eat the fruit of any tree—except one. Guess which one they chose?
Then, trying to escape the consequences, they hid. Genesis describes the scene: “Then they heard the Lord God walking in the garden during the cool part of the day, and the man and his wife hid from the Lord God among the trees in the garden” (Genesis 3:8, NCV).
Their hide-and-seek didn’t last long. They had to “face the music.” It was far worse than a trip to the principal’s office.
Yet their mistake didn’t keep them permanently separated from God. Neither do yours. God promises that no matter what’s you’ve done, you can talk to him about it: “‘Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18, ESV). In the end there’s nothing the can keep you from God.
Whatever’s eating at you, prayer is one of the best ways to get it off your chest.
A Challenge For You…
A lot of people think their mistakes are just too great for God to accept them. Make a list of three or four things you have done that you think that are so terrible you can’t approach God. Then pray and tell him about them. Afterwards, talk to a pastor or other spiritual adviser and get some feedback.
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