I am convinced that God loves to play hide and seek. The Bible is chock-full of evidence that God hides treasure, wisdom, and even Himself–not to be sneaky or vindictive but rather to draw out our desire to seek Him.
God is the most relational being around, and He longs for our reciprocation. He is ever pursuing us and drawing us through our circumstances. And as He works in our lives He proceeds to hide so that we will be prompted to find Him.
Now, He doesn’t hide in a place where He cannot be found–which is proven by this amazing verse.
“I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if i could not be found. I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right.” Isaiah 45:19
Remember when you were a kid and you played hide and seek with friends or family? Before you started the game, the person you would soon be looking for is right in front of you, and maybe you could really care less that they are there. But what happens when they hide from you?
This may sound elementary, but no matter how uninterested or annoyed you were in the beginning, wasn’t it usually an exciting and intriguing invitation to pursue them? Didn’t it awaken a desire to find the person?
God knows the value in hidden things. He understands that our hearts were made to pursue and uncover things that are not so readily available to the heart, or the naked eye. Our world is full of these examples.
The astronaut traveling to the moon.
The pirate looking for lost treasure.
The archeologist uncovering an ancient civilization.
The new settlers rushing the United States to pan for gold.
We have an innate desire to seek and find hidden things. With this in mind it is no surprise that God delights in hiding things; not so they cannot be found, but rather so that they CAN be found. Here is some proof:
- “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Matthew 13:44
- “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord,the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Isaiah 45:3
- “No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.” I Corinthians 2:7
- “It is the glory of God to hide something and the glory of kings to discover something.” Proverbs 25:2
- “Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, Savior!” Isaiah 45:15
- “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things which are revealed and disclosed belong to us and to our children forever, so that we may do all of the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29
- “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
will abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
The purpose of hide and seek is that we would actually find the person we’re seeking, and the same can be said of God.
“For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.” Mark 4:22
I think it’s so easy to misunderstand and misinterpret the heart of God in the seeking. God sometimes seems far away, indifferent, arms crossed and too busy doing something else. But that is simply our skewed perception. He hides so He can stir our hearts to find Him and love Him. In the seeking our hearts our revealed to ourselves, we see how much we need Him, and how empty our lives are without Him.
So, whenever it seems God has invited you on a game of hide and seek, be excited! Because you will not only find Him every time, but also your true purpose in the process.