November 13: “Worship as You Play Hide-And-Go-Seek”

Today’s Bible Reading:

1 Chronicles 1-2
Hebrews 8
Amos 2
Psalms 145

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 145:3 (CSB): “The Lord is great and is highly praised; his greatness is unsearchable.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

When I was a child, I played hide-and-go-seek quite a few times. Someone was chosen to be “it” so they closed their eyes and counted to 20. As they counted out loud, everyone else found hiding places. Very soon, the person who was counting would loudly proclaim: “Ready or not, here I come!” Hearts were racing as children who were in hiding hoped to goodness that they wouldn’t be found.

That’s a child’s game. We suspect that we should never again play that game. But if that is our mindset, we need to change it.

God has made us with a desire for discovery. In fact, some people are driven by the thrill of discovery. Those who hopped on ships in search of uncharted lands understood this. Those who peer through a powerful telescope at the constellations understand this. Those who look through a microscope at microbes understand this.

God made us with a desire to investigate and discover.

Proverbs 25:2 (CSB): “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.”

While there are an innumerable amount of things that we can discover, there is none greater that our God. He has left His fingerprints all over His creation which enables us to learn more about Him (Romans 1:19-20). Creation is essentially an open-ended invitation to search for Him.

Since He is infinite in all of His wonderful, soul-satisfying attributes, we will never, ever fully comprehend Him. And that is addressed in the verse I chose for today.

Psalm 145:3 (CSB): “The Lord is great and is highly praised; his greatness is unsearchable.”

With the thrill we get from discovery, and knowing that God’s “greatness is unsearchable,” we are guaranteed that we will never run out of things to discover about Him. We will never grow tired and bored of our God.

However, so many so-called Jesus-followers are bored with God … and they have never even bothered trying to know Him more. They are bored because they aren’t convinced that He is worth the discovery. And that, my friend, is almost certainly a tell-tell sign of someone who is not saved. Someone who has no desire to know the God of all Creation is almost certainly someone who does not have the Spirit of God within them, leading them into relationship with the Father by calling out “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6).

For those of us who are truly born again, who have the Holy Spirit within us calling out for a deeper relationship with the Father, we discover another principle. We come to understand that God loves to hide so that it is difficult for us to find Him. He doesn’t do this because He wants to frustrate us. Instead, He does this because He loves it when we truly want to find Him with all of our being.

Jeremiah 29:13 (CSB): “You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.”

Do you desire to know the Lord, my friend? Of course, you need to trust in Jesus to forgive and save you. But I’m talking about already being saved and discovering the joy of knowing your God even more.

Friend, he’s worth every ounce of effort you give to discover more about Him. Enjoy a life-long game of hide-and-seek as you get to know your God more and more. He’s worth anything it takes and costs you to find and enjoy Him.

How do we discover more of Him? Let me share four activities that come to mind as I bring this article to a close:

  • Don’t just read your Bible. Study it! Understand what it says about the God who wrote it. Understand what it says that the God who wrote it thinks about you.
  • Specifically read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Realize that while Jesus ultimately came to redeem lawbreakers, He also had many, many other secondary reasons. One of them is to make God the Father known. When we look at Jesus, we see the Father (John 14:9). So get to know Jesus in the Gospels.
  • When you pray, be fully aware that you are speaking to the God you desire to know. Let your prayers be heartfelt. Open up your heart to the Lord and realize that He loves your prayer time more than you do.
  • As you go through your day, look for God at work around you. He is so “in control” that every single minuscule detail is under His watchful care. See Him working around you.

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Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth to make the Father known. I don’t want to settle with knowing that I’m saved. I want to enjoy my relationship with You by getting to know You more. Personally, I want the thrill of discovery. But, even more importantly than that, I am convinced that You have created me so that I can enjoy You … so I want to do what You have created me for. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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