"The Easiest Game of Hide and Seek"

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By: Katie Rath

Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (NIV)

One of the most popular games little kids like to play is hide-and-seek. If I’m babysitting a child or group of children, hide-and-seek is always on the list of requested activities. I imagine you have had very similar experiences; you were probably one of those kids too. I used to be awful at the game. I would go and hide, then make too much noise and be found right away, or I would get bored of hiding and quit the game. I’m pretty sure I have never won a game of hide-and-seek.

What’s so fascinating about hiding or trying to find someone, anyway? Well, you tell me. Why do we hide from people? Why do we keep secrets or conceal information by lying? More importantly, why do we try and hide from God? On the other side of the game, there’s seeking. Why do we search out approval from other people? Why do we vainly run after things people have hidden from us, trying to make sense of the unknown? Why do we push and prod God to reveal what He has in store for us? Generally, the answer is fear or anxiety. Everything we hide, are embarrassed to reveal, or are desperately seeking after are somehow connected with fear and worry. In real life, this isn’t just a kid’s game.

When you try to play hide-and-seek with God, you can either make it very difficult or very easy. Let’s look first at hiding - the game of life becomes difficult when you try to hide from God. You may think you’re slick and that you can pull it off, but eventually, we all are found. Jonah thought he could pull the wool over God’s eyes by running and hiding, and he was swallowed by a fish. It’s hard to run from God when you’re stuck in a fish, and it doesn’t smell very nice, either. What would have happened if Jesus had hidden from God? Hide-and-seek becomes very easy when you are found because the game is over and all is revealed, but if you run and change your hiding spot, you could be stuck in the game for days.

Say you’re the seeker. You can never end the game unless you are actively seeking. If you just sit in one spot or walk around in circles, you will never find the people that are hiding. Neither will you find them if you shout at the top of your lungs and demand they come out. The only way you can be a successful seeker is if you participate and embrace your goal.

When it comes to God, we have the easiest game of hide-and-seek. If you’re hiding, stop running away from God, and let Him find you. James 4:8a says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you” (NIV). If you’re seeking, God has assured you that you will find what you’re looking for if you are actively searching. Hide-and-seek, one of the most loved childhood games - are you surprised you’re still playing it?

Prayer:

God, we praise You for your willingness to seek us out. I pray that we stop hiding from You, and that we allow ourselves to be found. I pray that when we are searching, we will remember that we need to seek Your face in all instances. I thank You for Your love that reaches out to us when we are in desperate need of You. We love You, and we are Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Think About It:

When have I hidden from God? Why did I run from Him?

If I’m not seeking God in an area of my life, what is that area?

Live It:

If we can’t remember the face of the person we’re seeking, or if we don’t recognize the voice of the person we’re hiding from, the game will never end. When we’re searching for God, we sometimes forget exactly what we’re looking for and who is looking for us. God reveals Himself and His plans to us over and over again in Scripture. All we have to do is look for the answers. If you read your Bible everyday, good for you! If you don’t, start today! Go to a quiet place and read God’s words to you. Start in the Gospels or in the Psalms. The more you hear God’s voice and seek His face, the easier the game of life will be.

Power Verses:

Isaiah 29:15, “Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their works in darkness and think, ‘Who sees us? Who will know?’“ (NIV)

Acts 17:27, “God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” (NIV)
© 2009 by Katie Rath. All rights reserved.

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