On Being Found: What If You Were Never Really Lost?

Genesis 2:25 says, “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”

They felt NO SHAME.  Like a toddler running through the house naked, footloose and fancy free, Adam and Eve had no reason to be ashamed of their bodies. They didn’t have a reason to hide.  But then sin enters the world. Eve was tempted by satan to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  She desired to have the knowledge of God. In present-day times, I would equate this to our desire to be in control of our lives–our constant striving to plan and know our future. As I mentioned in my last post (if you missed that one, you can read it here), this was definitely me! I was consumed by my desire to have God’s divine knowledge and wisdom about every detail of my present and future life. I don’t blame Eve…after all, isn’t that type of knowledge appealing to all of us?

But alas, because of that one bad choice at the beginning of creation, shame enters the world. That is when Adam and Eve suddenly felt like they had to hide. They purposely tried to lose God by covering themselves with fig leaves.  What does that look like today? What are our “fig leaves?” We stop going to church, or fake who we are while we’re at church. We take pills, drink alcohol, find anything we can to hide behind or drown away our sorrows. We pretend to be someone we’re not. We disguise ourselves using our Facebook profiles–an imaginary world of happiness and perfection. Sure–we don’t literally wear fig leaves today, but trust me, we’re hiding behind a mask in hopes that no one, not even God, will really know our struggles. When we feel lost, it’s really because we are looking everywhere but to God for help and guidance.

But guess what. You are not lost. There’s the old line from one of everyone’s favorite hymns of all time, Amazing Grace: I once was lost, but now I’m found.  Let me just encourage you today by telling you that none of us are, or ever were, actually lost. Even if you have not accepted that Jesus died so that you could be forgiven and have a direct line of communication with God, He still sees you.  He’s still calling for you to come to Him.

God sent His only son here to earth to prove His love for us and prove His mercy and grace toward us. He sacrificed his son so that we would be able to have a relationship with Him. He loves YOU so much that He offered up the ultimate sacrifice so that you could come out of your hiding place and live abundantly. He desperately wants each of us to know that He is always right there, waiting for us to just admit our mistakes so that He can redirect our path and bring us closer and closer to Him.

Our God is omnipotent.  Our God knows everything.  That means He knows where we are at all times. See—God is actually calling out to us, just like He called out to Adam and Eve.  Genesis 3:9 tells us that God cried out, “Where are you?”  We know that He is an all-powerful God who knows everything…so we can rest assured that He knew exactly where they were.  Just like He knows exactly where we are. And yet—He is still calling out for each of us.  I can just imagine Him saying to me, “Jamie, why are you hiding from me? Why do you run from me instead of allowing me to be the ONE to protect you?”

When we “put on our fig leaves,” we are breaking our lines of communication with the one and only God who can remove the shame of our bad choices.  Because Jesus died so that we could be forgiven, God is not waiting to punish you.  He gave us THE WAY to come to Him. He’s waiting for you to come back to Him. Even when we feel like He is far away, He’s not. And it’s never too late to stop wandering.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

The Almighty Shepherd does not lose a single sheep.  However, His sheep may wander off. And when they do, He will cry out to each one. Listen for His voice, calling out to you to come back. Come close. You are not lost, but found. Take off your “fig leaves.” Stop hiding from God and making excuses as to why He can’t love you. Admit your mistakes and ask Him to forgive you.  Trust that His way is always better than your way. Make a choice today to follow Jesus right into the arms of your creator and heavenly father who is calling for you to come out from hiding.

 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2: 3-8

Be encouraged! “All who wander are not lost.”

Love,
Jamie

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