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"Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are" Stuart Jones “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.” (Proverbs 28:13-14) There was once a university professor who was extremely strict with his students. Upon giving the final exam, he informed them that they were to turn in their papers immediately when the bell rang. And if they didn’t follow his directions exactly, they would fail the course. At the end of the class, all of the students but one turned in their tests and left the room. One young man continued writing until he was finished. When he walked up to turn it in, the professor scolded him and said he was going to fail the course. “What is your name?” the angry professor asked. The young man replied, “You don’t know my name?” “How could I, there are 300 students in this class!” With that, the young man inserted his test paper into the middle of the stack with the other 299 tests and walked out of the room. We can hide from friends, teachers, colleagues, and even family members, but we cannot hide from God. Adam and Eve tried to hide after they disobeyed God in The Garden of Eden. Of course, God found them! Remember Jonah? He tried to hide from God; and all that got him was into the belly of a fish. Since the beginning of time people have been trying to hide from God, but it simply doesn’t work. We must embrace the love and total acceptance of our God and accept the grace He so generously gives. “Readiness for God means that we are prepared to do the smallest thing or the largest thing—it makes no difference. It means we have no choice in what we want to do, but that whatever God’s plans may be, we are there and ready.” (Oswald Chambers from My Utmost for His Highest)