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Genesis 3:7 "Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves."

Before eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve were not ashamed of their nakedness. Who they were was visible to all and to God.

But after eating from the tree, they knew that they were exposed, and they were "ashamed". Today we are ashamed of who we are--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We all want to look like someone else, to be different in how we respond to people and situations, and even to appear right before God. Our concern with our physical appearances distracts us from forming lasting, healthy relationships and from doing the things that God would have us to do. We avoid places and people which are unpleasant to look at. Our concern with emotional stability inhibits us from handling crises effectively. Often Our friends would do anything to help us, but we fear that we are a bother to them.

My concern with appearing to know God is what concerns me the most. Sometimes I am so busy trying to look like I am in perfect tune with Him that I am singing an entirely different song. Sometimes this is obvious, and sometimes it's not. I do it because I am ashamed to admit my faults and allow Him to step in and wash them away. He always knows when I become too preoccupied with my appearance, and He never lets that go unanswered.

Lord, help me to cast away my preoccupation with my appearance and replace it with a heart that knows You. Amen.


Sarah Blake LaRose
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