As kids we played hide and seek. Whoever was “it” would count to 100 while the rest of us would hide. You know the game….you won by being the last one found to get to base safely. Every once in a while, someone would laughingly hide in plain sight so that whenever “it” finished counting, they would have an immediate battle – could he make it safely to base or would “it” catch him?
God doesn’t play hide and seek with us. He is out in the open so it’s more like “seek and find.” The Kings of Judah weren’t always the best to have around. Some followed God’s way, most didn’t. Asa got a visit from the prophet that laid it out for the king. “The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, ‘Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.’” (2 Chronicles 15:1-2)
Too often we get the idea that God is hard to find or even hard to get to know. Usually we begin thinking things like that because we want God to bless our plans. Our plans may lead to disaster. Our plans may not be best for us but we want God to bless them anyway. If we seek God, we change the game. We don’t seek our own way, but God’s ways. Instead of seeking God’s blessings on plans we make, we seek to make sure that God directs our planning.
Many followers of Jesus Christ describe the initial stages of their relationship with Him by saying something like “I searched and searched for God until He found me.” I think that’s even more accurate than saying God is easy to find. Even in Asa’s situation, God searched and found Asa through the prophet. God still seeks us. He wants to guide us. He wants to help us as we prepare for the future. He truly does want the best for us – which is a strong thriving relationship with Him no matter what the circumstances may be. Make today a day of seeking God in all you do, and be ready for Him to find you.
Oh Lord, it’s so easy to go off and do things my own way. Help me to stop and seek You in all I do. And Lord, even as I seek You, please find me and keep me in Your grace each and every day.