Truly you are a God who hides himself, O God and Savior of Israel. -- Isaiah 45:15
I used to think it was sacrilegious to say that God hides. I mean, come on – why in the world would God hide? The very notion used to put me in a tailspin. Then it dawned on me – he only hides from those who have been made His own. He doesn’t hide from those who have yet to come to Him. To the unbeliever He patiently waits, arms outstretched, never wavering, constant. Once we first get saved that initial embrace seems overwhelmingly good. It is the taste of freedom for the first time – so sweet. The “spiritual high” of becoming a “baby believer” continues on for some time. Every day seems brighter than the one before. His voice seems so clear and constant. The excitement of an eternity-altering decision to follow Christ soon meets with the challenges that accompany the decision – spiritual warfare, the demanding quest of becoming like Christ, living a life of faith. This becomes the first of many tests after we come to Jesus. How will you respond when God seems distant? How will you react when the Loving Father who picked you up in His arms now seems to be hiding. You never saw this curveball coming. After ruminating upon why God hides, I’ve arrived at two very interesting discoveries:
First, God hides because He loves being sought. Isn’t that an amazing thought? He loves being sought. He loves being pursued. He loves being the driving part of our lives. He loves being our best friend. He eagerly awaits our every pursuing moment. Second, God hides so our faith can grow. The greatest growth a person will experience in life is when we are forced to utilize and engage our faith. "Faith" is not something we have, it's something we do. It gives us proper orientation. It grounds us and gives us continuity. It is an act of perpetually trusting. Hebrews 11:1 says that “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Faith deals with the unseen, not what is seen. The same applies with hope. The Apostle Paul understood this, and on one occasion said to the church in Rome, “hope that is seen is no hope at all” (Romans 8:24). God hides so that our faith can grow. God wants us to relish the thrill of the hunt. As in hide-and-go-seek, the seeking and finding both carry with them a level of excitement and joy. This is what He wants us to learn.
Question of the Day:
Do I seek God when He seems to be hiding from me?