My young grandson likes to play the game called “Hide and Seek”. He’ll go and hide somewhere and I’m supposed to search until I find him. Except he tells me where he’s going to hide before he runs off so I don’t have to look very hard.
One time we were playing and my grandson told me where he was going, then off he went. I got caught up in conversation with someone and forgot about the game. A few minutes later he returned, disappointed that I hadn’t gone to find him. He wanted to be found!
Have you ever thought that God is this distant being that’s all about rules and judgment? Some faraway entity who has no interest in a real connection with us?
That thought couldn’t be more wrong!
Our God, the God of the universe, maker of Heaven and Earth, wants nothing more than to be intimately connected with us, His creation. Let that soak in a minute. He desires a personal relationship with each one of us.
He wants us to find him, just like my grandson in “Hide and Seek”. And, just like my grandson, He even tells us where He can be found so we don’t have to look very hard.
So, when we’re ready to seek God, here are some ways to start:
Seek God Sincerely Through Faith
We need to leap the hurdle that keeps us from really believing God is there. That’s a tough one for some people. But without that first step, it’s like playing hide and seek with someone who doesn’t exist.
Seek God With Your Whole Heart
We need to actually search. God is there wanting us to find him, but if we get caught up in other things and don’t make seeking Him a priority, we will miss out.
Seek God Humbly
He wants us to come to Him in all humility, admitting that He is God and we are not.
Seek God Through Prayer
Call out to Him in prayer and He will hear you and reveal Himself to you.
Seek God through the Direction and Illumination of the Holy Spirit
“I know the Lord is speaking to me personally when I read my Bible and a particular verse or passage seems illuminated – it just lifts up off the page, and I seem to hear a gentle, inaudible whisper as I have an ‘aha moment’ in my heart.” Anne Graham Lotz
So, the next time God seems distant, let’s remember that He tells us where He is, and He wants to be found.
You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord , do I seek.” Psalm 27:8