Are you wearing a mask?

Do you ever hide your true self? Do you mask the real you and, instead, put on a costume designed by the expectations of others?

Do you hide from God?

Have you ever wondered, “Am I good enough?”

Let’s take a journey back several thousand years and see the root of this fear, this doubt, this disguising and hiding.

In Genesis we learn about God’s creation of the world and man. Then we see man choose his own way rather than God’s direction. Let’s pick up the narrative in Genesis 3.

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

What do we learn here?

  1. As soon as sin (disobedience) entered the picture, Adam and Eve became concerned about their appearance. Because each had chosen their own “good” instead of God’s good, they could no longer trust that they would be seen by the other as God intended.
  2. The response to this loss of trust was to hide their natural self from the other.
  3. Their next step was to hide from God. Their sin led to shame which resulted in fear and self-imposed separation.
  4. God’s response was to seek the man and woman. It was not to accuse or condemn them.

I think this is the point where the saving grace of Jesus began to unfold. God began his search for you and me with the question, “Where are you?” and it culminated with Jesus’ death and resurrection.

This is the key to your prison of fear and hiding. God has put it directly in your hands. You do not need to hide from your loving Father. He is pursuing you at this very moment. He loves you more than you can ever know and desires a life-altering relationship with you. Say yes, turn the key, walk into a new life in the open landscape of God’s love.

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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