Tue., Mar. 1/22
Our cat sometimes plays ‘Hide & Seek.’ She will come to us, then when we reach out to give a favorite scratch, she runs away… sometimes she stops a few meters away and looks back at us. She wants us to chase her, and when we do she will run and hide. Eventually, she let’s herself be found and the game is over.
God, it seems, also at times plays ‘Hide & Seek.’ But unlike playing with our cat, these times may not be much fun at all!
Job desperately wanted to find God… to dialogue with God about very serious things indeed. Job was also suffering, suffering greatly as each painful day slowly ticked by. But, try as he may to find Him, God remained securely hidden.
“But if I go to the east, He is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find Him. When He is at work in the north, I do not see Him; when He turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of Him.” (Job 23:8-9).
David, on the other hand, found God at every turn!
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.” (Ps. 139:7-12).
It is a wonderful thing to know the omnipresence and immutability of God. That is, He is present everywhere and at all times for He does not change. David invited the presence and scrutiny of God. He prayed, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Ps. 139:23-24). For the sinner, however, the fact God is inescapable brings only terror!
Job knew in his heart that God truly was everywhere – the east, west, north, and south. What disturbed Job was that he could not feel Him, hear Him, sense Him. But Job knew, despite his own numbness, that God still saw and heard him. Job declared, “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10).
God is like the sun. The sun is always present, always shining. Though it be hidden behind clouds, or out of view in the night, the sun ever shines. Holding to this truth sustains us no matter our emotions or circumstances.
”Never doubt in darkness what you knew to be true when the sun shone bright.” – Neil Anderson