Our Faces Turn Away

Tammy De Ruyter

READ : Genesis 3:1-8

The man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord. (v. 8)

Natalie knew she had messed up. She sat in the corner nervously staring at the floor.
She didn’t dare look up when the school principal greeted her parents at the door. She
couldn’t stand to look at the disappointment and anger on their faces.

This kind of shame is as old as Adam and Eve. They made some bad choices too. Against
God’s command, Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Instantly, they knew they had done something wrong. In disgrace they hid their faces from
the Lord. Their actions led to calamity for all humankind, and to this day we reap those
terrible consequences.

Sin separates us from the ones we love most. It separates us from God, who loves us
more than we could ever imagine. The shame of sin causes us to look away. Eyes are
averted, relationships broken. Loneliness, guilt, and despair replace fellowship and
friendship.

But we don’t need to feel this kind of shame. Jesus offers himself to bridge the broken
divide and mend the broken heart. Through Christ comes forgiveness. When we look into the
face of God we will not see anger and disappointment but tender love and gracious
forgiveness. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face!

PRAYER

Lord, give us the courage to face you, confess, and receive your unconditional love.