We all recall a favorited childhood game of Hide and Seek. I loved to be the player who hides. I would try with all of my might to conceal myself in such a way the seeker couldn’t find me. I remember making soft steps so I couldn’t be heard getting to my hiding place. The seeker with eyes closed will attempt to hear the direction of those hiding to find them easily. I contemplated beforehand where I would hide. What I didn’t prepare for is when you hide too well; no one cares enough to keep looking for you. I would eventually come out from my hiding place as the seeker had already gathered the other hiders in.
I’m sure God can identify with Hide and Seek as it appears He too does a fine job of hiding Himself. Throughout the Bible, we are encouraged to seek Him. Sadly as I experienced in my childhood while at play; we too tire of seeking Him when He seems nowhere to be found. The holy work of seeking Him becomes too much. We are too busy. Somewhere along the way, we lose our enthusiasm we had as children. We are now His children in desperate need to return to our First love.
Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV) tells us “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” We are not left to discover anything on our own in the Bible. It is clear and specific when giving us daily instruction. This scripture lets us know God wants us to be in pursuit of Him. There is something in each of us wanting to be pursued. In the game of Hide and Seek, we wanted the seeker to search for us; to find us. God is no different. Ask yourself how much time and effort you’ve put towards getting to know your spouse as you grow together in marriage? What about during the dating stage? Or how about your closest friend whom you can detail her favorite things?
He requires more. More effort than you give to your spouse, your friends, your job, or your church. He wants us to seek Him with our whole heart. With everything in us. He wants us to seek Him. To discover him anew, to reach up for Him, to encounter Him, to know His heart, to know His word, to know Him. Intimately.
Do we esteem Him enough to seek Him? Does our actions show He is worth our pursuit? The hard truth is if we’re not willing to put forth any effort, why should He make Himself so easily accessible to us? Christians today feel as if God is pleased with them if they go to church, tithe and serve in a ministry. We can do all of these things with little to no effort on our part. Seeking Him goes beyond the shallow into the deep. It reaches to Him from the depth of our being. It yearns for more. It is not satisfied. Seeking Him becomes a beautiful, intimate portrait of us looking to Him, asking Him to reveal Himself to us and little by little, He imparts Himself to us. His truth. His heart. His glory. Little by little as we can only take so much. (Jeremiah 33:3; Colossians 1:26-27).
We crave more. We excitedly come before Him each day desiring more. When the timer goes off alerting you to get dressed for work or to take the children to school, you exhale deeply. You endeavor to take it all in. While going throughout your day, you smile as He lovingly reminds you of a truth He shared earlier. You can’t wait to get away again in that private place with your Bible and open heart as you pray for your desire to never wane. And you continue. Every day. You continue seeking Him.
Seeking Him requires great effort, diligence, intentionality, enthusiasm, and consistency.
- Seek Him above everything and everyone else (Matthew 6:33).
- Understand God in Three Persons, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit (John 20:28; Acts 5:3-4; Galatians 1:1).
- Seek Him daily in prayer and in studying His word (II Timothy 2:15).
- Study His heart as revealed in His word (Matthew 13:11; Luke 8:17-18; I Corinthians 2:10-15).
- Meditate on His word continually. Use flash cards to memorize scripture. Use a journal to record what stands out in His word or to jot down important details. Pray scripture over you and your family (Psalm 1:1-3, 19:4, Psalm 119:105; Matthew 4:4; Philippians 4:8).
The list above is not meant to overwhelm you, but to provide you with tools as you seek our Savior. I pray you will dive into the scriptures listed as you seek to know Him; to find Him. There is much He wants to reveal to you. If this is new for you, I would encourage you to start slow. Begin asking Him to give you a desire to seek Him first and how that will look in this season of your life. Be obedient to His leading.
He promises as a result of your efforts, you will find Him! In this divine game of Hide and Seek, He invites us to search for Him. He is worth the effort to keep seeking. He joins players who seemed to scream out “Here…come find Me!” He knocks on the door of our hearts (Revelation 3:20). It is He who places the desire for Himself in us. He wants us to enjoy His presence. He rewards those who seek Him with more of Him (Hebrews 11:6). As we seek Him earnestly; we encounter Him with such a level of depth and intensity until His presence consumes us. We enter into a deep intimate relationship with the very Lover of our souls. It overwhelms me to know my Creator wants to spend time with me. He excitedly awaits our time of sweet communion. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him” (Psalm 8:4). He longs for this intimacy with all of His daughters.
Will you commit with me to seek Him with your whole heart? To search for His light in the midst of this dark world? Even when He appears to be hiding; know He is waiting to be found!