|“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.”
What child doesn’t enjoy a good hunt? From Easter eggs to a game of “Hide and Seek,” children delight in the fun of searching and finding. Frustration only sets in when the pastime becomes too difficult. Even “Where’s Waldo” can become discouraging if the red and white stripe shirt and the big round glasses don’t appear in a reasonable amount of time.
God delights in lovingly creating a sort of “Hide and Seek” game for us. He wants us to seek Him, to hunt for clues that He has written all over creation, all over our lives, and in His written Word. He wants us to know the joy of finding Him. He has promised that if we earnestly seek Him, we will find Him. In Matthew 7:8, Jesus said:
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
As another illustration of the sincere desire He looks for in seekers, Jesus told a two verse parable in Matthew 13:45-46:
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
He wants us to seek Him and He wants us to find Him. Searching reveals our earnest desire and finding reveals our greatest joy in Him.
From an old gospel hymn:
All my life long I had panted
for a draught from some cool spring
That I hoped would quench the burning
of the thirst I felt within.
Hallelujah! I have found Him Whom my soul
so long has craved!
Jesus satisfied my longings;
Through His blood I now am saved.1
Much like it would disappoint a parent to have a child look hard for something and never find it, God waits and watches us to see if, with the sincerity of a true seeker, we hunt for Him until we find Him. Oh the joy!
|1 Williams, Clara Tear. “All My Life Long I Had Panted.” Hymns of Faith and Life. Winona Lake, Indiana: Light and Life Press, 1976.|