We often make the comment, “God can do ANYTHING,” and while we all know what we mean by that, it’s not actually true. There is one thing that I’ve come to realize that even God can NOT do, and that is make choices for us. When God created man, He gave him the power of free will, giving him the right to make his own choices, good or bad.

We see this played out for the first time in the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve sinned. Thankfully the Bible reveals to us that in spite of their sin, God still came looking for them. But I want you to pay close attention to the actions of Adam and Even when God came looking for them that day. (Genesis 3:8) says, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.”

At this point, their sin was not the issue, because God could fix that…and He did! Their nakedness was not the issue, because God could fix that…and He did! The fact that a sacrifice would have to be made and blood shed was not the issue, because God could fix that…and He did! But out of all of the things that God could do, He could NOT make Adam and Eve come out from behind the tree! With a handful of bark and a guilty conscience, Adam and Eve HID THEMSELVES from the presence of God!

God could fix the sin problem. God could cover their nakedness. God could provide the sacrifice and shed the blood. But God could NOT make them come out from behind the tree! They had HID THEMSELVES from the presence of the Lord and there was NOT one thing He could do about it!

It was Adam and Eve who had HID THEMSELVES from the presence of God, and it’s still the same today! It does NOT matter what the circumstance is. It does NOT matter what the sin is in your life or how long you’ve struggled with it. It does NOT matter how big the situation seems right now, whatever you do, do NOT hide yourself behind a tree! Because when you hide yourself from the presence of God, there’s NOT one thing He can do about it!

When the presence of God was moving in their midst, Adam and Eve HID THEMSELVES behind a tree! When the presence of God was available to do what ONLY IT CAN DO, they found themselves HIDING FROM IT! God is able to deliver, but you have got to let go of the tree! God is able to forgive, but you have got to let go of the tree! God is able to restore, but you have got to come out from behind the tree! At the point you need God the most, DO NOT HIDE BEHIND a tree, because when you hide yourself from God there is NOT one thing He can do about it!