Our Daily Bread- Nowhere to Hide
- READ: Genesis 3:6-13,22-24
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. —Revelation 1:5
I smelled something burning, so I hurried to the kitchen. Nothing was on
the stove or in the oven. I followed my nose through the house. From
room to room I went, eventually ending up downstairs. My nose led me to
my office and then to my desk. I peeked beneath it and there, peering
back at me with big eyes pleading for help, was Maggie, our dog, our
very “fragrant” dog. What smelled like something burning when I was
upstairs, now had the distinct odor of skunk. Maggie had gone to the
farthest corner of our house to escape the foul smell, but she couldn’t
get away from herself.
Maggie’s dilemma brought to mind the many times I have tried to run away from
unpleasant circumstances only to discover that the problem was not the
situation I was in but me. Since Adam and Eve hid after sinning (Gen.
3:8), we’ve all followed their example. We run away from situations
thinking we can escape the unpleasantness—only to discover that the
unpleasantness is us.
The only way to escape ourselves is to stop hiding, acknowledge our
waywardness, and let Jesus wash us clean (Rev. 1:5). I am grateful that
when we do sin, Jesus is willing to give us a brand-new start. —Julie
From the wondrous cross on Calvary
Flows the stream that still avails,
Cleansing hearts and bringing victory
Through that love which never fails. —Elliott
Sin’s contamination requires the Savior’s cleansing.