Hide & SeekGod's Nature
Proverbs 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings”
Jesus said the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven had been given to his disciples, but to everyone else he spoke in parables. A parable was designed to conceal a principle, to hide a valuable truth for the purpose of discovery. Their purpose were so that people would ponder over them, apply their heart to them and discover the principle to be learned by them.
God loves to play hide and seek…
Our faith can often feel like a big game of hide and seek. One of my biggest questions in life has been “Why is God so quiet?”, as I always want to experience God more than I do. I wonder if that is how it is meant to be, so that we are constantly in a state of pursuit with God? If we got the fullness of him straight away, might we become complacent with his presence? But because I don’t understand everything yet, and because I desire more of him I continue to pursue him and search him out in my life.
…but only when He is hiding.
What we see in the Garden of Eden is this role reversed. Instead of man pursuing God, God was trying to find man. It says that Adam hid from God because he was ashamed of himself, and that God came into the garden looking for him. It is not the natural order that God must pursue us. Even though God has pursued mankind all throughout history that is not his ideal. His ideal is that we would pursue him. It is only because of his grace and mercy that he has pursued us and search us out throughout history.