Remember playing hide and seek as a kid?
My family used to play hide and seek on my grandparent’s farm after dark. The person who was “It” counted and everyone else scattered. Light from the house windows and moon eclipsed by trees and bushes cast shadowy dens across the property. It was hide and seek perfection; unless you were “It.”
Shadow and light played tricks on the eyes of the seeker. You pursued an outline in the dark, certain you’d found a hider only to stumble over a lawn chair or branch.
Do you ever feel like God is playing hide and seek? One day things are smooth sailing, then there is an unexpected problem. The car breaks down and now you have a huge bill. You receive a phone call that your loved one has collapsed. A close friend betrays a confidence. Your child walks away from the Lord. A physical ailment just won’t go away. You pray and pray. Read the Bible. Speak words of faith. Yet change is slow coming, hope dwindles, and peace is fleeting.
There have been times when it seemed I couldn’t find God. My circumstances were grueling. My prayers desperate. An eerie silence hung in response to my petitions. I became frustrated with the continual instruction to seek God.
“I feel abandoned by You, God. Why does it seem like You are hiding? Your Word tells me You never leave me. You never change. You are always faithful … and I believe Your Word. But, where did You go? If all these things are true – and I know that they are – why do I have to keep seeking You and nothing seems to change?”
At the end of my rant and in the quiet I heard, “My child, I am not hiding. I am not holding out on you. I want you to keep seeking Me because there is always more to discover! I am infinite and there is so much I want you to know about Me. Do not be discouraged. I am not hiding. I am here and I have something new for you.”
A.W. Tozer writes, “God, to be God, must be infinite in all that He is. He must have no bound and no limit, no stopping place, no point beyond which He can’t go. When you think of God or anything about God you’ll have to think infinitely about God.”
Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.
Psalm 147:5 NASB
So, when I say I am seeking God about the plan for my new season, I can say it with excitement, because I know God’s got something good for me. Changes or challenges don’t mean God has abandoned me. A time of silence doesn’t mean He is hiding.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Ephesians 3:20 NLT emphasis added
The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians about the wisdom of God as a hidden mystery. He goes on to explain that these truths have not stayed hidden. 1 Corinthians 2:10 says, “But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”
This is why I write about treasures hidden. The treasures are hidden for us, not from us! Please do not be weary in seeking God. It is our privilege and honor to have the opportunity to receive deeper insight into the Creator of the universe and our loving Saviour. He is not holding out. He’s waiting for us to come.
I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love.
Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’
Hosea 10:12 NLT
Peace to you in your own God-seeking.