I find in the midst of the hardest times, I naturally want to hide from it all. Avoid it or ignore it. It would be so nice to hide away until calm has come or the situation has been resolved. If I can hide, then I don’t have to face it. If I can hide, then I won’t get hurt again. If I can hide, then it will al go away and be forgotten. Fear makes me want to run and hide. I find that when I respond in fear it usually doesn’t make life easier.
This has always been the state of man since the very beginning with Adam and Eve; hiding from God. Hiding from their shame. Afraid of being naked.
I’ve come to a point where I don’t want to be controlled by fear anymore. I don’t want to be separate from God. Don’t want to react, run, or hide. I am able to identify it now as fear, question it, then choose my response.
But I’ve had to learn another way to respond. Because “perfect love(which comes from God) drives out (all) fear. To respond out of “love”, my heart is to:
To seek is to:
- Try to locate or discover
- To endeavor to obtain or reach
- To go to or toward
- To inquire for; request
- To make a search or investigation
The Word of God has 79 verses on seeking God.
Some of my faves are:
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.” Proverbs 8:17 AMP
“Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually! [Earnestly] remember the marvelous deeds which He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He uttered [as in Egypt],” 1 Chronicles 16:11-12 AMP
“But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].” Hebrews 11:6 AMP
“As for me, I would seek God and inquire of and require Him, and to God would I commit my cause– Who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number, Who gives rain upon the earth and sends waters upon the fields, So that He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn He lifts to safety.” Job 5:8-11 AMP
Gods promise is that He has a purpose and plan for my life(Jer 29:11). That He will work all things out for the good of those who love him(Rom 8:28). There fore I can trust Him and in those times seek Him. Seek his will. Seek His face. Seek Him and be in His presence.
When I feel life is too much and I want to run or give up, I seek God.
When things don’t turn out how I expect, there I seek God.
When I’m feeling unvalued, rejected, abused, and alone, I can seek God.
May I always be found in the place where God is found.
To be hidden from Him is to be apart from Him.