Hosea 7:2 But they never consider that I remember all their evil. Now their sins are all around them; they are right in front of My face.
I am a master at hide-n-seek… especially when I play with my 3-year-old. Have you ever played with a young child? They really aren’t that good at it. They hide in obvious locations, giggle when you walk by, and sometimes even say “I’m over here daddy.” Seriously they seem to hide right in front of my face. But they think they are hiding; they think they are a master illusionist act. No, not so much.
Mankind is pretty lame at playing hide-n-seek with God. It started with Adam and Eve, really. Their sin caused them to try and hide from God. Walking through the garden, God did what any good dad would do, “Where are you Adam? I can’t find you.” All the while, God knew where they were. They were really lame hiders. The Israelites thought they could hide their sin, too. But they were covered in it. Their sins were right in front of God’s face – He saw it all! It’s like the kid with chocolate all over his face who says, “I didn’t eat the candy bar.” Buddy, that chocolate on your face is giving you away.
This isn’t saying that God was sitting there holding the past over Israel. After all, Isaiah 43:25 says, “It is I who sweep away your transgressions for My own sake and remember your sins no more.” But if you want God to forgive and forget your sins, you’ve got to come out of hiding first. You need to confess. Most of us are afraid to do so, thinking that once God discovers our sin, it will mess up our chance at heaven. Or maybe we will make Him mad. Here’s the thing: the chocolate is already on your face. Because we are really lame hiders. God sees it so why try to hide it. Instead, go to Him in humility and confess your need for Him. Receive His grace and forgiveness. He’s calling out “Olly olly oxen free!” So come on already. Get out from behind that couch and run to your Savior!