During the beautiful summer nights most kids enjoy playing hide and seek in their neighborhoods or at family gatherings. I am sure you were also raised playing this popular game throughout your childhood.
The thrill and adventure of either being the best person to hide or the one who is known as the one who can find everyone, seems to promote the game to every kid.
Some of my fondest memories were when my father would play “hide -n- seek” with my siblings and I in our jammies before bedtime. We would all get our turn to be the one who would count and then go and seek, trying to find everyone else. I didn’t realize until I was older, that my father would deliberately let me find him. Whether it was by making a little noise or by not being hid very well, he would help me.
From the very beginning of time our heavenly Father has enjoyed being with us and wants us close to Him. (tweet)
If you really think about it, my father could have made it hard and probably impossible to find him, but he didn’t! He wanted me to find him so he could cuddle and love on me.
In the scriptures we see the same loving character of our heavenly Father. In Jer 29:13-14 we see where it says, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD…” (NKJ) The two words, seek and search describes one who is passionately and diligently inquiring after God. If we are whole-heartedly striving after God, He promises us that He will let us find Him.
In the story of Adam and Eve in the midst of the Garden of Eden, we see that after they had been enticed into sin hid from God. It was their guilt and shame that pushed them to hide from the one that had made them and loved them. The Biblical story in Genesis 3:8-10 goes on to say, “the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” This statement wasn’t because God didn’t know where they were, but was asking them if they knew that they were separating themselves. From the very beginning of time our heavenly Father has enjoyed being with us and wants us close to Him. God doesn’t like being separated from us. We even see Him allow to be called “Emanuel” meaning “God with us”.
Yet, so many people because of deception have fallen into the clutches of sin, driving them to hide in shame. And even though God is well able to deliver us from ever falling into sin He gives us a free choice to walk away from Him. In Isa. 59:1 we read that when we sin it puts a wedge between us, and the lover of our soul. Yet, if you do, remember just as the Father in the story of the prodigal son looked for and ran to the wayward son when he returned, so your heavenly Father desires the same for you. It’s so important for us to understand how much God loves us and wants to hold us in His Fatherly arms of love.
I encourage you therefore, whether you are hiding or are on a journey of seeking after God. Be convinced and know that your heavenly Father wants to be with you. If you seek after him passionately and diligently, He will be found by you and if need be, He will also never quit seeking after you!