James 4:7-10 – “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
Do you remember playing hide and seek? I never really liked that game. I was terrible at waiting for the person seeking to come and find me. I would giggle or move or do something else to aid them in finding me.
We were talking yesterday in Sunday school about how God is omnipresent. He sees all and knows all because He is everywhere. And that’s a good thing. However, we were talking about the fact that there are some people who run and attempt to hide from Him their entire lives and then at the end decide to accept Him.
As I was trying to explain this to one of the younger students, one of the older ones said, “It sounds just like hide and seek.” I was taken aback. I love it when God uses someone younger to see things in a totally clear light and then uses them to shed its light for the rest of us.
And she was right. Jesus pursues us just like someone playing hide and seek. An unsaved person is the one hiding. They think they can hide from God in all sorts of places. Unfortunately, most of those places are dark and scary and dangerous. If they would only step out and allow themself to be found, life would be so much better. The fellowship is so sweet with the One who is seeking us. The thing is, He knows where we are at the entire time. There really is no hiding from Him.
But there is one that we do need to hide from – the deceiver. You see, he wants us to think that we want to be found by him. He wants to make us think that we need to find him. He is where the fun is at, right? But seeking him is attempting to hide from God.
So instead, we need to hide IN God rather than attempt to hide FROM God. And that is a humbling experience. That means that you admit that there is no way of escaping sin on your own. It means admitting that you need help. When we say “no” to the drawing of the devil and “yes” to the arms of the Savior, we chose to become cleansed of unrighteousness. We get another opportunity to be a good sheep.
So this week, don’t play hide and seek with the devil – where you are hiding from God and seeking all that the devil has to offer. Instead, play hide and seek with God – where you are hiding from the devil while seeking out His truth and righteousness. It sounds juvenile to think of this Biblical truth in these term, but sometimes God uses the “simple” to compound the “wise”.