Have you ever fallen out of contact with a friend? I imagine we all have.
Maybe you upset them, and they stopped talking to you. Maybe they upset you, and you haven’t gotten over it.
Or maybe, neither of you did anything wrong. They moved, you got busy, and without even realizing it, a month passed with no contact between the two of you.
Or two months. Or twelve.
Then one day, out of the blue, you wonder, whatever happened to…?
Whether it was a falling-out or just neglect, there’s a good chance the thought of reaching out has crossed your mind. It’s easy enough with social media. You could probably find them on Facebook and send a quick message.
But it’s not that simple, is it?
Because they hurt you. Or you hurt them.
Because they might not want to hear from you.
Because how do you explain weeks, months, years of silence?
So, we don’t send that message.
When we feel like a friendship has been lost, we hide. We do it to our friends, family, and sometimes even God.
Here’s another question: have you ever been reluctant to read your Bible, to pray, or even to step foot in church because you’re afraid you’ve upset God? It could be that you have a recurring sin you’re struggling to overcome, or that you’ve made a mistake you fear is too big to forgive. Maybe it’s just been too long. You feel the guilt in your gut and start to wonder, Does God even want to hear from me?
He does – and he desires more than a quick message. A quick message is just the start, but he longs to be your best friend and Father. He wants this so much he sent Jesus to pay for your sins – all of them – so that you can have a relationship with him.
10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
You can stop hiding. You can stop running. No matter what you’ve done, or how long it’s been, God is offering you a chance to begin again. He’s waiting. All you have to do is reach out.
James 4:8 (ESV)
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Have you been avoiding God or trying to avoid a specific conversation with God?
Which of these four areas is a barrier to your friendship with God: guilt, shame, protection or pride?
What truth does God want to lead you into?
Identify a person or a conversation that you have been avoiding. Ask yourself if it is pride, guilt, pride, shame, or protection causing you to hide. Take one step this week toward coming out of hiding in this situation.
Heavenly Father, thank you for this opportunity to remember what a gift you gave us when you sent Jesus Christ for us. Thank you for making a relationship with you possible, even when we were far from you. We pray that you will draw us closer to you, reminding us that we don’t need to hide. May your will be done. Amen.
This post was written by Payton Lechner. Payton Lechner is a college grad currently working at her local library. In her spare time, she volunteers as an ESL teacher and freelances as a writer and editor. Besides the English language, Payton loves swimming, cats, and a good cup of tea.
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