Monday, October 1, 2018

God Doesn't Play Hide-and-Seek


By Andrea Merrell

  Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?
 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.

Psalm 139:7-10

The day I decided it would be fun to hide from my grandmother did not end well.

I was in middle school, old enough to know better. The more she searched, the more she panicked. Just before she picked up the phone to call the police, I stepped out from my hiding place behind the hutch, expecting relief and a hug. What I got was … well, let’s just say it was not what I expected.

As kids, we play hide-and-seek from each other. As adults, we try and play the same game with God. We tend to think the things we say and do in secret are known only to us.

Not so.

God not only knows exactly where we are each and every moment—especially since He’s right there with us—He knows the “thoughts and intents of our heart” (see Hebrews 4:12). He hears every word spoken and sees every deed—good or bad.

The psalmist asked, “Where can I go from your Spirit.” The answer is nowhere. God does not want us to try and hide from Him, and He certainly does not hide from us. God’s “game” is only to seek. He pursues us with His relentless love and expects us to seek Him with all our heart.

If you know someone who is living in the shadows, thinking they’re not visible on God’s radar, extend your hand and lead them into the glorious light of His presence. No longer do they need to hide.

Seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul . Deuteronomy 4:29 NKJV.

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