Hide And Seek
Psalm 102:1-2 KJV
“Hear my prayer, O Lord , and let my cry come unto thee.  Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.”
Children has this adorable way of playing hide and seek: they hide their face only and immediately the whole world is shut out to them. Or, the child closes his eyes, and as long as he shuts his eyes, he believes everyone else cannot see him.
A child’s belief and logic is that as long as he doesn’t see anyone, then neither can anyone else see him.
Adults know better, of course, or so we believe.
But as far as playing hide and seek goes, it’s not simply a matter of pulling an ostrich and hope the world would not notice us if we don’t want to be noticed. We don’t just get to hide our head in the sand and hope for the best. Our enemies would still see us, and as their way goes, would immediately seek to harm us.
Enemies have no respect for our wishes to hide away from their evil deeds.
If anything, knowing that we’re hiding from them would only make them seek us more. They’re not necessarily always smart in this particular matter, but they are dangerous and focused towards our destruction. Their zeal is to seek and destroy.
Now, we can hide and hope that we wouldn’t be found out. Or we can call upon our Ally to defend us.
In thinking that God is hiding Himself away from us and our plight, we hesitate to call upon Him. When first we get into trouble, we think that He doesn’t care or are ignoring our circumstances.
We cry out, “Why are You hiding away from me? Aren’t You seeing this? Will You not help?”
Here’s the thing: God doesn’t play hide and seek. At least, not now and certainly not with His children. He certainly doesn’t play hard to get.
Deuteronomy 4:29 KJV
“But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”
Isaiah 55:6 KJV
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”
If He’s not ‘found’, it is because we are the one hiding away from Him. We go out of our way to not cross path with Him because we think, “If I don’t see Him, that He doesn’t see me or what I do.” That’s the aforementioned ostrich-myth we often apply in our ‘relationship’ with Him.
But then when we do get in trouble, we have the nerve to accuse Him of hiding away from us.
Well, friends, firstly, I’m afraid it doesn’t work that way. This is God we’re talking about, not an adorable child or dumb ostrich poking its head in the sand. He will always know.
There is no hiding from the Omniscient One.
Secondly, we can’t hide away from Him and expect Him to pull us out of trouble when we work so hard to not let Him know of our ‘secret doings’. Of course He knows, but a little lesson in humility is always good for the hiding culprit, isn’t it? After all, no one gets away with sin. What better way then to let us eat the fruits of our own misdeeds? I certainly think so.
However, in our transparencies and faithfulness to Him, sometimes we find ourselves in deep trouble. We cry out to Him for help because He is just a prayer away, which is not far in case anyone is wondering. He’s right here, there and everywhere. He does not hide Himself away. Seek Him out today today and find Him, for He will be found. Amen.
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