John 3:19-20 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
I don’t think that playing hide-n-seek with God would be fair. Hiding wouldn’t really be that effective with that whole omnipresent thing He’s got going on. But maybe because we are afraid of being exposed we attempt to play the game. So maybe that is why hiding out in the dark seems to work. After all, playing hide-n-seek in the dark is pretty effective. It is easy to hide and hard to seek. The advantage goes to the person hiding.
Here’s the problem with that as mentioned in John 3:19. There has been a decision made, a verdict so to speak. That verdict is that light has come into the world. That light is the light of Christ and it shines on our lives. There is no hiding from God. In fact, think of the two year old who is trying to hide from you. In their mind, if they cover their eyes and face, you can’t see them. After all, they can’t see you so it must be true. They think they are invisible. So here they are with their face in their hands hoping not to be seen. The problem is that they are standing right there and you can certainly see them!
That’s how it is with us and God. We stand there with our hands over our faces hoping not to be seen. Maybe we will be exposed. Maybe we will be found. John states in verse 20 that people actually stay in the darkness in order not to be exposed. They are too ashamed, too prideful, too embarrassed. And there are things that are kept in darkness, tucked away in the corners of our life, that we are sure we must keep in. We are sure that we can’t show them to God. If we all only realized that God takes shame away, not gives it… If we only realized that God desires to bring light to dark places, not condemn our mistakes… If we only realized that if we took our hands away from our faces, He would be right there looking at us, ready for us… then I think we would find true freedom, peace, joy, and hope. How about it – are you ready to be found?