Life At Its Best: You can't hide from God
By Jim Graff
Jan. 11, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:11 p.m.
Most of us don't enjoy revealing our mistakes. It can make us feel uncomfortable and embarrassed, so instead, we choose to hide them. But though we may be able to hide those struggles from people, they can't be hidden from God. In fact, nothing can be hidden from Him.
This truth reminds me of a story about an old football player I knew in my early 20s. I met him through my brother, who was the strength coach for Tulane at the time. He stood about 6 feet, 3 inches, 300 pounds and was an amazing athlete with NFL potential. But he lacked the discipline it took to succeed.
One day, he decided to skip early morning workouts. When the coach noticed he wasn't there, he sent my brother and me to search for him. When he found out, he quickly tried to find a place to hide. He knew he was wrong and didn't want to have to face the coach.
Our search didn't last long. As we looked across campus, we spotted this 300-pound athlete trying to take cover behind a 3-foot shrub. We nearly laughed at the sight of him. There was no way he could stay hidden from us.
It's a funny visual, but the truth is, many of us try the same thing. When we feel guilt from our wrong choices, we try to want to hide away. We think maybe, if we hide out long enough, we'll convince people everything is fine. And to be honest, sometimes it works.
But we must always remember that our problems can't be hidden from God. To him, our actions are more obvious than trying to hide a 300-pounder behind a 3-foot shrub. No distance or disguise can keep him from us. He sees it all. And the good news is, no matter what he sees, he continues to love us and is willing to help us right where we're at.
In order to get from where we are to where we need to be, we've got to be open before him. We must choose to live not in condemnation but in the reality of his unfailing love.
Romans 8:39 promises us, ". Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God." His love is unconditional and unchanging. It's not based on our goodness but on his. Nothing we ever do could make him love us less.
Then, not only does he want to love us, but he also wants to lead us to better principles. As we study his word, we'll begin to discover his standard for our lives. Then, as we embrace those standards above our own, we'll begin to experience the amazing security and satisfaction they bring.
What areas are you struggling in? Know that no matter how terrible it might be, you're not alone. Don't allow guilt to keep you in condemnation but learn to receive God's unconditional love. Then let his principles and standards begin guiding every part of your life. Start living free and fulfilled today.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com