Meanderings of a Minister


Hide and Seek with God
January 23, 2015, 11:43 am
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Hide and Seek

What child has not had fun playing hide and seek?  It is a fun game where one person hides their eyes while all of the other participants run and try to find good hiding places.  The goal of the game is to be the last one found by the person looking.  My son was exceptional at this game.

One Saturday night, the youth of our church decided to play hide and seek.  My son ran and hid.  The entire group looked for him for hours and finally got so frustrated, they called for help thinking he had actually left and gone to a friend’s house.  After scouring the entire church building, he was found, asleep, hiding in a little cupboard we had next our baptistery!  While they were frantically searching, he had been there the whole time and had gotten so bored waiting for them to find him that he actually fell asleep.

While Hide and Seek may make a fun children’s game, it is not the wisest policy when dealing with God.  Three times in the first chapter of Jonah we are told Jonah was trying to flee from the presence of God.  Jonah, who had been used by God to speak to King Jeroboam II of Israel and had led him to expand the borders of Israel almost to the points they had been when Solomon was king, thought he could run from the presence of God only to learn you can’t outrun God.

As we read these verses, we start to see some of Jonah’s attitude in others and maybe even ourselves.  We find Jonah wanting to follow God when it is easy, but not when it is tough.  He wanted to follow God when it benefitted him, but not when it was inconvenient.  How about you?  Do you serve God in the good times and in the bad times or have you bought into the philosophy that God is only there to make you happy?  The last time I checked, He is God and that means He is in charge.  Are we living like it?

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