Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

“I’m covering my eyes. I’ll count to one hundred. Now all of you go hide.” Most of us have played the children’s game of hide and seek. And maybe you even took time off today, to enjoy some playtime with your children or grandchildren? Although the game is fun for youngsters, as adults, we might revert to ‘hide and seek’ as a coping skill or a sneaky way to manipulate others. You know how it goes. You’ve suffered a devastating loss and when asked how you are doing, you smile and say, “Just fine.” Yet, God knows how we feel, what has happened and if we choose to invite Him into the battered and bruised places, we find a loving God who understands.

God might seem distant, but He will never play hide and seek with us. The revelation of His ways and will are part of the mystery of God. The Old and New Testaments describe the act of beginning to “seek God” as a “setting of the mind and heart” on God. It is the conscious fixing or focusing of our mind’s attention and our heart’s affection on God.

I Chronicles 22:19 says “Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.”

Colossians 3:1-2 reminds us “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

How do you seek the Lord? Seeking the Lord means seeking His presence.

How do you seek the Lord? 

“I love those who love me and those who seek me diligently, find me” (Proverbs 8:17 ESV). “Presence” is a common translation of the Hebrew word “face.” Literally, we are to seek His “face.” But this is the Hebraic way of having access to God. To be before His face is to be in His presence. But aren’t we His children always in His presence? Yes and no.

 First, God is omnipotent (all powerful) and therefore always near (omnipresent) everything and everyone. He holds everything together. His power is ever-present in sustaining and governing all things.

And second, yes, He is always present (omnipresent) with the children of His covenant commitment – He is our promise-keeping God. God always stands by us and turns everything for our good. Matthew 28:20 says “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age”

Why does it feel like God is playing hide and seek sometimes? It could be our circumstances have caused us to see God differently than He is. Or those we love have treated us in an ungodly manner. We must learn how to tell ourselves truth from God’s Word. Exodus 20:1-2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

Why does it seem like God’s presence is not with us? The Bible repeatedly tells us to “seek the Lord . . . seek his presence continually.” Why do we feel like God’s trusted presence is not our constant experience? There are seasons when we become neglectful of God. We forget Him and do not trust in Him. What happens is God’s hidden behind the curtain of our own fleshly desires. This is something we will always struggle with. That is why we are told to “seek his presence continually.” God calls us to enjoy him. When we understand more about how we were created to receive the love God has for us, it makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?

God promises we will find Him. He wants to be found.

God promises we will find Him. He wants to be found. Let’s stand on the promise from James 4:8, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”

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Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality, author and speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Giesbrecht has endured many changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God.

She served as Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications.

Giesbrecht’s radio show, “Transformed Through Truth” is nationally and internationally syndicated and heard daily by over 10 million listeners on networks across the United States. The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network shares the show internationally on seven continents. “Transformed Through Truth” launched as a 30-minute internet television teaching feature in March 2017. To view this amazing teaching time, go to www.HSBN.tv.

Sheryl has a heart for missions and is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through various ministry partners. Giesbrecht is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries (www.FICM.org) and has been personally involved with equipping hundreds and facilitating the training of thousands of leaders internationally. Sheryl’s latest book is entitled It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth.

The joys of Giesbrecht’s life are her children and thirteen grandchildren. She is excited about the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from Biola University, a Master’s in Ministry and a Doctorate of Theology.

Learn more about Sheryl Giesbrecht on her website, www.FromAshesToBeauty.com. She also invites readers to follow her on Facebook, and on Twitter (@SGiesbrecht).


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