Why we hide...
10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."
The issues that keep us "hiding" are numerous and far reaching. To talk about all of them would make this blog long and I'd lose my more ADD readers. But I can talk about the ones that have directly affected my life.
- Fear-Fear stems from previous experiences. It colors our lenses so that we see everything out of one experience. Fear of rejection tops the list, along with fear of condemnation, both of which are things humans do. God rejects no one, and there is no condemnation in Christ. He outlawed stone throwing a long time ago.
- Father Wounds/Mother wounds- Often the person in authority while we're children colors our view of God. If we had a particularly demanding Father, or experienced abuse, we project that onto God unknowingly. God is the ultimate Dad, the one who played baseball with you and went to all of your concerts. He's the one who accepts you for you, and tells you often that He delights that you're his daughter or son.
- Generational Sins/Iniquity- Often times when we've been raised with something, it's hard to let go of it. The cycle continues for generations until someone breaks it. Whether it's pride, money love, dabbling in the occult, addiction, it's time to break those chains. It's starts with us.
- Lies- Lies about who we are, and who God is. Those lies come directly from God's enemy. He'll lie to us about who we are so that we end up in a sea of self deprication and low self esteem, and he'll lie to us about who God is, so that we fear turning to Him. The only way to rid ourselves of lies is with the truth. That you're beautiful and exactly the way you were planned to be, that God accepts you, that Christ died to cover your sins, and that God waits with His arms wide open. Anything else is simply not true.
- Inner Vows/Judgements- When something happens to us, something terrible, we make a vow. If we've been abused we vow that we'll always be strong and we become so strong that nobody can penetrate us. If we've been hurt, we vow that nobody else will hurt us, and our hearts turn to stone. From one incidence comes years of hurt and confusion.
- Pride. The nastiest of all, and the hardest to get over for me. The truth that I cannot do anything for myself, and that I need God desperately.
- Shame. It's human to err, and we'll continue to do so until Christ comes. But forgiveness is in ready supply, and there's no shame in letting God know you need him.
There are so many more, but these are the ones that I overcome daily. When we recognize what makes us hide we can once again come boldly to the Throne and enjoy it!
God's ready to receive us anytime we want to come. So, are you hiding?