August 27, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Matt 25:31-46
“And the Lord called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” Genesis 3:9.
We can all identify with Adam. Sin has covered us with shame. Our first instinct in this condition is to escape the searching gaze of God. We turn fugitive. We run from Him and hide ourselves. Like Cain, we conceal the blood of our brother. Like Jacob, we flee from those we have deceived. Like Jonah, we are off to Tarsus, seeking to avoid a call. But God is relentless in His pursuit of us, and our futile attempts at flight turn out to be but pitiful evasions.
God will not give up on us easily. As the Psalmist so clearly outlined in Psalms 139, we may withdraw from the association of men, but we cannot withdraw from the association of God. The divine pursuer will overtake us sooner or later. In fact, He will be there when we arrive, proving His inherent right to question our motives and search us out with, “Where is your brother?” or “Have you eaten of the tree?”
We cannot evade the Divine Interview. If we postpone it today, we are sure to face it tomorrow; resist it in time, and you will experience it in eternity. Where exactly do you want this to take place? Here, where mercy is active, or over there where mercy has ceased? “Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment, and some men they follow after” (1 Timothy 5:24).
I do not want to meet my sins at the judgment seat of Christ, where He searches my face with the question, “I died for you, to forgive you there on earth; why did you not respond to the mercy I offered you?”
Thank God that His goodness and mercy follows us all the days of our lives. Make an appointment for that interview today.
~ James Baer ~