Day 4 | The God who Seeks Sinners
Reading: Genesis 3:1-9
As a child, few things are more alarming than hearing your mom or dad shout your full name. You know immediately that there is at least some implication that you have done something wrong. Many of us are familiar with the account of how sin entered into the garden in Eden through Satan, the serpent. Adam and Eve, who were made for God, set aside his life-giving words to them and decided to “become like God” for themselves. Notice, they were already made in the image of God, and “like” God in that sense. The serpent convinced them to desire more than what God had given. Rather than trusting God they believed the lies of the serpent, and they experienced, for the first time, what it felt like to be separated from God.
But God doesn’t leave them, or us, alone. When we sin, our instinct is to put as much distance between us and God. We think, “Surely, he doesn’t want me like this,” “I need to clean myself up before I come to God,” or even, “God doesn’t love me anymore.” And then we hide, attempting to make our own coverings for our sin. But God seeks us out. He knows he can provide the only remedy for our sin. Our man-made coverings simply won’t cut it. We have gotten ourselves into a mess we can’t get ourselves out of. The hole we’ve dug for ourselves is too deep. He must be our rescuer—He is our rescuer. Through Jesus, God provides us with a way out of our sin and shame and into a life filled with the presence and love of God.
Question: How does knowing that God is always seeking after you in love change the way you see confession and repentance of sin?