The Journey 48: Transformation in my family
Read: Genesis 2,3
Key Verse: “O Lord you have searched me and you know me, Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I go from your presence” [ Psalms 139: 1,7]
The office of the President of United Sates is always considered as an icon of position and power. Bu there are times in history when that icon looses its dignity and power. There is an incident in US history which records an event like that and it is about the former President Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon was the first President to resign from the office of the president. His resignation was after a prolonged cover-up of the what became known as the Watergate scandal. The scandal began when members of the Nixon re-election committee were caught in a breaking at the offices of the democratic party in the Watergate building. The crisis slowly deepened as when President Nixon tried to cover up the involvement of his staff in the break-in. During the investigation it became known that Nixon had made tapes of all his conversations and telephone calls. These became key items of evidence, and when the House drew up Articles of Impeachment, Nixon decided to resign instead of being impeached. Here is a president who knows that what he was doing was unlawful yet tried the best to cover up. I think it is not only the President Nixon, we all are good in covering up……...lots of things…….. How does the act of covering up affect our family life?.
On Saturday’s our theme for meditation is “transformation in our family life”. On Saturday’s we are meditating on the life of the first family: “ Adam and Eve”. In the beginning both Adam and Eve had a wonderful relationship with God. We find that they had an intimate relationship with God. In Genesis we find God walking along with Adam and Eve, depicting the closeness and the openness that the first family shared with God. But when sin enters human life, we find that the first family hides from God. When on a fine evening, God searches for the first family, they go to hiding. They cannot face God and not only that in Genesis 3: 7, we find that both Adam and Eve has a sudden realization that they are naked and they sew leaves to hide their nakedness. God wanted an open relationship and fellowship with human beings, but the first family works contrary to the principle of God. Not only that they hid and they cover up what they did. It is when you are ashamed of what you have done then the process of covering up starts. When we are open to God, he understands us. We need to understand that we cannot cover up nor hide anything from God [ Psalms 139]. What is needed today in our life is to desist from covering anything that is contrary to the will of God. In the context of ones family what is needed is the experience openness among the family members. For this we need to develop an element of trust among the family members. When trust is gone that is when people start to cover up. Have you created in your family an environment where members of your family can open up, or is the environment in your family such that everybody covers up.
Ready to open up before the Lord or trying to cover up?
Let us Pray: Lord help us to work together in our family where we create an environment of trust and openness so that the sin of covering does not occur in our family life. Convict us of the sins of covering up.. Amen