My favorite games of “hide and seek” took place at night with my older cousins at a friend’s log cabin on the marsh. The smell of salt air, twinkling lightening bugs, and the moon shining over the water created a magical setting for our childhood fun. The goal was to hide so well the seeker would give up looking for you.
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When Hebrews says God “rewards those who earnestly seek him” (11:6) we may picture a game of “hide and seek.” But God is not hiding from us. He wants to be found. Let’s look at another analogy.
Do you remember what it was like to fall in love? You learned all you could about the object of your affection. You perked up when he walked into the room. You noticed his habits. You knew his favorite hangouts and just happened to show up when he’d be there. And if the feeling was mutual, he left hints that turned into invitations to join him. He beamed when you arrived and returned the attention.
Jesus is the lover of our souls who woos us. He is our Bridegroom. He wants us to seek Him with the delight and anticipation of a lover. He wants us to thrill at His whisper and desire to know all we can about Him. He wants to share stories, secrets, and life with us. He is not hiding from us.
In fact, the Bible shows God as the seeker. He looks for the lost and hiding.
- He called to Adam and Eve, “Where are you?” when they hid from Him after their sin (Gen. 3:9).
- He sought angry Cain after he’d messed up (Gen. 4:6-7).
- He is the good Shepherd searching for the lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7).
- He is the Father running to welcome his prodigal child home (Luke 15:11-21).
- He stands knocking at the door of our hearts waiting for us to invite Him in (Rev. 3:20).
Problems Can Lead Us to Jesus
Sometimes, I’ve been more eager to find an answer to a problem than to find God in my problem. Click To Tweet I thought a solution would quiet my unease. But gnawing on my problem like a dog on a rawhide didn’t satisfy me.
Jesus invites us to bring our burdens to Him not only so He can carry them but also so He can connect with us. When I give God my problems and trust Him to guide me, I find peace. But the fellowship of His company is sweeter than the solution to my quandary.
The Bible highlights an Old Testament believer for his fellowship with God. “When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him” (Gen. 5:21-23 NLT).
Enoch “found” God at age sixty-five. After that they were inseparable. Enoch walked with God through the ups and downs of life. God was more than a problem solver. He was his closest friend.
Do you want to know the secret of his relationship with God? Enoch lived believing “that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him” (Heb. 11:6 NLT).
I wonder if God asked Enoch if he wanted to go home with Him the day he was “no more.” Or did Enoch ask if he could stay with God? It was so natural to be in God’s company, I wonder if he noticed the moment his feet left earth.
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