Hide and Seek
“‘Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?’ declares the LORD ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the LORD.”
Jeremiah 23:24 (NASB)
Almost everyone as a child has had fun playing the game of Hide and Seek. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, hide-and-seek appears to be equivalent to the game apodidraskinda, described by the 2nd-century Greek writer Julius Pollux. It’s a warming thought to imagine Greek children playing hide and seek in the street near where perhaps the early church was meeting.
Do we play hide and seek with our Lord and Saviour? The first incident of someone hiding from God is Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:8, “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” Like the first human beings on this earth we sin and our human nature immediately takes us into denial—we hide from God, our Creator. We forget that He tells us, as he told Job in Job 34:22, “There is no darkness or deep shadow where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.”
We cannot hide from God; rather we should be seeking Him. Isaiah 55:6-7 says, “Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” And Mathew 6:33 tells us, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.” Loving God with all of our being will motivate us to seek Him. He is not far away from us (Matthew 28:20)
Paul admonishes us to put away childish things, so as grown up Christians let’s stop playing hide and seek with our Father in heaven. God does not hide from us, He waits to hear from us. Let us seek Him constantly.
Wonderful, ever patient and loving Father, thank you for always being with us. Forgive us the times when we wander from your presence.
Study by Irene Wilson
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
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