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Hiding From The Truth - Sunday's Dose - 13th January 2013

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Sunday's Dose - 13th January 2013

Hiding From The Truth

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. - Genesis 3:6-8.

The condominium complex I live in sits next to a popular restaurant. The complex shares a private drive with the restaurant, but, because we barely have enough for our own residents, we do not share parking. When the restaurant opened, my condominium Board asked me to monitor the parking area closest to the restaurant and request towing for cars that didn't belong in our lot. I first convinced the restaurant manager to tell his workers not to park in our lot, and most complied. The few who didn't were towed with the manager's blessing.

One questionable car lingered weeks after most of the problem had been resolved. I didn't know if the car belonged to a guest of a condominium owner or a restaurant employee, but it was parked in our guest space nearly every late afternoon and was gone before morning. Though I strongly suspected the car's owner was a restaurant employee, I needed proof before calling the towing
company.

One day I saw the car pull in, but no one emerged. So I strolled down near the car. The car looked empty. A closer look revealed a woman in the driver's seat with the seat reclined all the way back. I pretended not to notice her, because she obviously preferred not to be seen. I continued walking around a building and watched from behind its far corner. Only then did she exit the car and walk
straight to the restaurant.

Parking at the restaurant would have been much more convenient for her, but she apparently didn't appreciate rules. She hid because she thought it prevented her from getting caught. Actually, had she gotten out of her car rather than avoiding me, I would have discussed why we needed her to park at the restaurant. Instead, her arrogance cost her a hefty towing fee, but she never parked there
again.

Before eating the forbidden fruit, the husband and wife walked naked before God. Until that point, they had been forthright with God and each other, in innocence and obedience.

The serpent convinced the woman that knowing about evil was better than not knowing. But once the man and woman discovered evil, they became suspicious of everything, even God their Creator. They hid. Like the woman in the car, they believed being forthright would cause them harm.

Sinfulness creates fear. When we choose to lie, to abuse others, to steal, to murder, or to break any other of God's commandments, honesty and obedience lose their importance.

Those who live in innocence can be confident that their behavior is acceptable in God's eyes. They have no reason to hide or lie to protect themselves.

Prayer : Our Loving Lord God in Heaven, no one can hide from you. So many times we choose to do wrong when honoring your commands is easier in the long run. Make us more mindful of our choices, Lord. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Sunday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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