Can’t Play Hide and Seek With God
Most of us have played hide and seek right? And most of the time we have fond memories when we think of playing hide and seek. Of course, some kids go out to hide and then the other kids never go to look for him….not that this has ever happened to me, but I’m just saying… The idea in hide and seek is that one person closes his eyes while everyone else hides and then the one who is “it” has to find the hiders. But the game would break down pretty quickly if the one who is “it” was everywhere at the same time and could see everything; thus knowing where everyone is hiding. That would be God if He were ever “it”.
In Jeremiah 23 God is lamenting the words of false prophets, those who are telling the people, “Thus says the Lord” when the Lord wasn’t really saying that. In a moment of introspection (humanly speaking of course), God says this: “Am I a God near at hand”, says the Lord, “And not a God afar off?” “Can anyone hide Himself in secret places, so I shall not see him”, says the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?,” says the Lord. When I think of this there is both a positive and a negative to the ever present and all knowingness of God. From a negative standpoint there is no place to hide from Him. There is no thought I can have that He doesn’t know about. I can’t deceive Him. But the positive part of this is that God is always with me. And if I’m honest, why would I want to deceive God anyway…or hide from Him? If I’m attempting to hide from Him it is because I am doing or thinking something wrong (like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden). God is seeking me, not to punish me, but to correct me and get me back on the right path. So, though you can’t play hide and seek with God, be thankful that He seeks you, even when you are trying to hide. And rest in the truth that He is always with you.