There are lots of things which can stand between man and God. It could be a job or hobby. It could be friends or family. Maybe even good works or religious devotion. Yes, church work can keep us from the rest of faith.
In our attempt to get busy for God and perform the Father’s work, we can lose our way of grace and become victims of our own efforts. It is easy to fall into this trap, or should we say, to hide behind this tree.
“…the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees…” (Gen. 3:8, ESV)
The very thing (the trees) God gave Adam and Even for food and nourishment (Gen. 1:29; 2:16) was now being used to hide them from God’s presence.
Have you ever done this?
Have you ever substituted work for God in place of quietness with God?
Have you ever allowed God’s provision or blessings to keep you from His presence?
First and foremost, the Lord wants us satisfied in Him. Then, and only then, does He want us busy for Him. Our doing must come out of being. If not, all of our activity will only be trees hiding us from His wonderful presence.
Don’t let God’s blessings become a curse by allowing them to get our heart and keep us from seeking His presence in our daily walk.