Does God Play Hide and Seek?

Article written by Brother Bledsoe

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; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
Isaiah 55:6-7

Does God play hide and seek? Does He go far away and cannot be touched? That may sound silly but that is what some would believe by reading verse six above. The truth is that we alienate ourselves from God and not the other way around. We no longer seek the Lord through prayer and fasting and when we fail to pray as we should, we as are like a ship that breaks away from it anchor—we drift away from the place that we ought to be.

From a casual reading of verse seven we see what had happened. The righteous person had turned back into a life of wickedness; his very thoughts were continuously on evil things; and his life was filled with a love for the world. The Word of God clear; God will not bless sin, therefore, He will not bless the sinner even though it may appear to the natural eye that he is blessed.

How Do We Draw Near To God?

The Word of God proclaims that if one will draw near to God then God will draw near to him. How does one do that? Again, verse seven tells us how; “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

God is not on some faraway journey; neither is He hiding from you. You may feel like you are going through a valley despair all alone but He is with you every step of the way. Remember Hebrews 4:14-16,

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Jesus knows and Jesus cares and Jesus is able to do “exceedingly and abundantly above all that you are able to ask or even to think. Call upon Him today—He hears. Amen, amen and amen.

Pastor Jim Bledose - Prayer ministry and weekly devotion author at Life Church in Phoenix
Brother Bledsoe
Prayer Ministry | Weekly Devotion
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