You’ve been invited out to celebrate…casually. It’s at a venue that would not be described as fancy. You don’t bother asking what you should wear because it’s just a friendly get together. So no worries.
A feeling of embarrassment sweeps over you once you arrive. It is almost overwhelming. You’re dressed in business casual attire and everyone one else is black tie formal. You try to blend in or look for an excuse to leave. However, there is no escaping being woefully under-dressed.
This, of course, pales in comparison to how Adam and Eve felt after they had sinned.
Genesis 3:7-8 Describes how Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together to cover their bodies once their “eyes” were opened. They also hid from God. Their rebellion was known. Adam and Eve desired to cover themselves even more because they knew they had sinned.
When we sin our first reaction is to cover it up. We may keep layering on “clothes” until we no longer know what the truth is. We give excuses, blame others, and do not hold ourselves accountable. But, is that the way God intended us to deal with sin? Of course not! Satan will have us hiding and keeping ourselves out of sight. But, God is forgiving even when we have to deal with the consequences of our actions. Genesis 3:21 tells us how God made garments of skin before casting Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. That is mercy, grace, patience, gentleness, kindness, and love.
When we sin we can repent and ask God for forgiveness. We will have live with the consequences of our actions, but again God will still be there for us. Just like Adam and Eve we can overlook the abundant blessings we have and focus on the one thing we do not. The Enemy is crafty and tempting us by dangling the proverbial carrot in our faces. How much longer will his same schemes continue to work in our lives?
Take a few moments and think of some of the ways God has blessed you today. Think about who you pray for and who prays for you. Now, honestly assess how often you go to God versus how often you go to social media or friends when you’ve done something wrong. Our bruised egos have us doing any and everything to deflect attention from ourselves by putting on layers. Perhaps we hide behind a new hobby, mindless entertainment, or becoming the “town” gossip. The Enemy tells us to cover up when we have done something wrong, but God calls us to Him so He can discipline us and place us back on the right path through repentance.
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