Hide and Seek

Psalm 77:19 “Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.”

Where I grew up, there were many families with multiple children. Our block was filled with kids our age and we would play many different games together in the summer months. One of those games was ‘Hide and Seek’; only we would use the whole block as our hiding place. We knew which neighbors were not keen to allowing us to come into their yard (or we found out very quickly!) so, once we gathered to choose who would be the first to be ‘it’, we all scattered to the count of one hundred.

Some were easy to find because of footprints left in the dirt, or things amiss to cover themselves. But others were harder to find and as we played more and grew older, we became very good at disguising our hiding places.

When I read Psalm 77, here was a man, Asaph, revealing his heart about his relationship with the God of Heaven. He begins:

Psalm 77:1-3 “To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph. I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.”

When trouble comes, we turn to God. Our nation has had its share of trouble and in those times we hear our leaders call for prayer to God. A recent shooting in Kentucky rocked their community with shocking news of a 15 year old young man that fired upon his classmates killing two and injuring twenty.

It shouldn’t take a national tragedy for us to turn to God, should it? If you and I were to travel to the Sea of Galilee today, we could see the very waters that Jesus walked upon. We could cover every square inch of that beach but never find His footsteps. Nor could we ever find them on the waters.

Asaph said “… and thy footsteps are not known.”

We can utilize history and science to prove the existence of God. But that is just information about God. When we seek His presence and a close relationship with God, those things put me in awe at the evidence of His work. We can study history and look throughout the scientific realm and find evidences, yet God says in His Word – “my footsteps are not known.

By our intellect and ingenuity (given to us from God by the way…) we cannot find Him. God tells us:

Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

It is not history or science we should search, but our own heart and the Word of God. We have to lay our intellect to the side and and pray, “God would you help me to fall in love with you all over again?”

He is not hidden from us who are His children. He said – if you seek me, you will find me. Once we find Him, we should show others the way by lifting Him up in our lives.

John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

As Christ was lifted above the crowd on the cross of Calvary, we must lift up Christ in our lives as well. We must expose the strongholds (belief systems based upon a lie) that keep God hidden in their life. We must reveal that religion doesn’t hold the answer. History may try to retrace His steps. Science will expose His hand from the microscopic to the stars. But until it touches their heart – we’ve missed the mark.

When Elijah sought God, He wasn’t in the storm, or the earthquake; He came with a still, small voice. We must be quiet to hear it. We must be seeking Him with our whole heart. For when we do – He keeps His promise – You WILL find Him!

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