Yesterday we made reference to the childhood game of Hide and Seek as we considered the phrase: Ready or Not.
Is finding God like the childhood game?
I don’t think so, and here’s why.
When I began my faith journey, two Bible references were laid into my foundation.
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6, NIV).
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27, NIV).
Our being able to find God is of primary importance to him. We were created for relationship with him–and with each other.
It’s so important, we’re so important, that the often quoted verse from John’s gospel tells us he gave his son for us to not only know who he is and how he is, but so that we could have that relationship–now and forever.
Jesus wanted us to understand this principle and made it clear in his teaching we refer to as the Sermon on the Mount: Seek and you will find (Matthew 7:7).
So in these season of focus, what are you seeking? Who are you seeking? If you are seeking God, you will find him.
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6)
Do you remember “Where’s Waldo?”
We spent many hours searching for Waldo and later Sammy (the Christian version…don’t ask me why).
I came across our verse for today early in my faith journey. I remember being at a church camp where our youth group was having a retreat. We had moved to town the summer between junior high and high school. I was experiencing a mountain of new things and firsts. This retreat was on that list.
The kids on this retreat were excited to learn about Jesus. They were plugged into serving. Their enthusiasm was electric and I wanted it!
On Saturday night, I stood out by the lake. I had grabbed a handful of Queen Anne’s Lace (a flowery weed), held it up to the sky and declared, “In 30 days I’m going to know who you are God.” Thirty days later I was kneeling at an invitation asking Jesus to be Lord and Savior in my life.
Here’s what I learned then, and keep on learning: God wants to be found.
Some people read the Isaiah verse and think it’s time sensitive, holding a limit to God wanting to be found. It’s like the warped old hymn that says, “He never has failed me YET”…as if he will.
God is not out there playing some cosmic game of hide and seek. He “hides” in plain view. He wants to be found. He might be “hard” to find because we don’t understand how to see him. The goal in this 40 days is get better at seeing him…finding him.
So, how many times have you seen him today?
PRAYER: Oh there you are. Thank you for wanting me to find you. Thank you for not hiding from me. Thank you for being so near. Today I would ask that you would continue to develop eyes that see you and a deeper desire to seek you all along the way. Amen.