Can You Hide from God?

Genesis 3:8 (ESV)
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

This verse is an important verse because it sets the stage for how God will deal with sin while displaying a genuine love for His children through the descriptive words used. From a theological perspective based upon John 1:18, we realize that since God is walking—meaning He has taken on human form—this is one of the earliest Theophanies in the Bible. The very Son of God is there in the midst of the garden strolling, desiring to spend time with Adam and Eve. Unfortunately, the first couple have squandered this opportunity to fellowship directly with the Lord and instead find themselves hiding, using the very created things given by the Father, to become a barrier.

Because of the words used in this verse, we cannot envision a God bent on wrathful judgment (although He certainly would be just in doing so), but rather a gentle, merciful Creator leisurely strolling through the beautiful garden desiring to converse with his creation. Certainly, He already knew of their sin, yet His approach was one of meekness and love—exactly what we witness in His incarnation and subsequent ministry.

Turning back to Adam and Eve, we see the sense of guilt and shame, and the attempt to cover their iniquity by their own works. However, as we see later in this story, there can be no remission of sin without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22) and thus the Lord performs the first animal sacrifice to cover the sin of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve attempted to cloak themselves in their own righteous deeds, but only through the righteousness of Christ can we be reconciled to the Father.

We should learn from this that there is no hiding from God. While we may conceal our sins from one another, we cannot conceal them from our Creator. More importantly, that no matter how bad we fall, He is merciful to forgive us if only we repent and turn from our ways back towards Him. This piece of Scripture is such an excellent example of just how much God wants a relationship with us, fully knowing that we are sinful in nature. "For while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

This makes for a good reflection on just how awesome our God is. Consider these relevant verses to carry you through the day and remind you that while nothing can be hidden from God, there is forgiveness awaiting you if only you are willing. Let His blood cover your sins, yesterday, today, and tomorrow:

Numbers 32:23; Job 24:13–17; Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 29:15; Hebrews 4:13; Job 13:9; Psalm 44:20–21; Psalm 69:5; Jeremiah 16:17; Ezekiel 11:5–6; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 10:26; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 1 John 1:8–9; Psalm 32:5–6