Hide-and-Seek with God?

Hide-and-Seek with God?

hide and seek with God?

Do you ever wonder if God is playing hide-and-seek with you? Even if it does feel like it sometimes, God does not play games with us. Not even hide-and-seek. Or maybe it is you who is hiding from God? Let me tell you, hiding from God does not work either.

This world does not give much attention to things eternal and invisible. It is unfashionable, uncool, and extremely odd to be interested in God. But I am with C.S. Lewis: “How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing, it is irresistible.”

When you meet God, there is nothing that compares to him.
There is nothing that could replace him.
There is nothing that could be better than him.

The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him! One of your poets said it well: ‘We’re the God-created.’ Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it? (Acts 17:24-29, MSG,*)

God does not play hide-and-seek with us. Because he wants to be found. He wants to be in real relationship with us. God is not remote, he is near. In fact, we can’t get away from him!

Being in the presence of God is irresistible once you’ve experienced it.
Being in the presence of God is a renewing experience.
Being in the presence of God is as good as it gets in this life.

St. Ignatius of Loyola has said “He who carries God in his heart bears heaven with him wherever he goes.”

So, let’s get interested in God! Let’s dig deeper, let’s seek God with our whole heart and soul! No matter what is our situation, no matter how materialistic the world around us is, no matter how odd the world thinks we are, let’s seek God!

But even there, if you seek God, your God, you’ll be able to find him if you’re serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul. (Deut.4:29, MSG,*)

Let’s get interested in God. Let’s ask God to ignite our faith, refuel our faith, renew our faith. Let’s get interested in what God is doing in this world and how we can partner with him. Let’s get interested in God and his wisdom, his grace, his love, his peace, and his plan for this world! Let’s get interested in the ways of God.

Because there is nothing else in the world that can satisfy our needs, our wants, and our desired than God. There is nothing else in the world that can ignite our spirit. There is nothing else in the world that can hold our interest for eternity.

 

Gracious God,
We seek you with our whole hearts and souls.
Ignite our faith!
Renew our spirit!
Refuel our faith!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Who is with me? Who wants to seek God?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim as you seek God. He is waiting for you his arms wide open!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

Image courtesy of Josh Maynard. Linking up today with Faith-filled Fridays, Five Minute Friday, and Faith Barista.

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