I have never known a child that didn’t love the game of hide and seek. There is the intrigue of searching for someone that is “hidden”, and the joy of discovery when they are found. Treasure hunters are seekers. Webster’s Dictionary defines the word seek: to search for, to try to reach, to attempt. Both the Hebrew and Greek translations have a stronger definition for the word seek when it applies to the “things above” or God. Their definitions mean to diligently seek, or earnestly seek. This is not a passive stance but one fully engaged with the expectation to find what is being sought.
In Treasure Hunters Part 1, I noted that God had placed the heart of a “treasure hunter” within each of us so that we would seek to know Him. His invitation for relationship has gone forth for all to respond. In addition to the call to enter relationship with the Lord, He gave us the desire to seek things that are hidden.
God really does not make it that difficult for us to find Him. The Lord, like any good parent, leaves clues directing the young child to the right hiding place. Hide and seek is not fun for the seeker unless the goal of finding is reached. Romans 1:19-20 states, “For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them. For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity have been made intelligible and clearly discernable in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification].”
My husband and I once taught a Sunday school class of newlyweds at our church. In that class we had a young man who said he had been a devout atheist for most of his life. It was only recently he had found Jesus. We asked him what it was that led him to the Lord. His reply was amazing. He said he had some problems, and since he lived in Colorado, he decided to go to the mountains to get away and think. Camping in the mountains, he sat on the top of a 10,000+ foot mountain and looked out over the layers of majestic peaks and valleys as far as his eyes could see. From inside he felt a revelation that the majesty and beauty he was witnessing was not there by accident. He realized how shallow his beliefs had been. Overwhelmed by a sense of God’s presence, he spoke into the atmosphere, “God, if you are real, make yourself known to me.” At that incredible moment, the God of creation, the Lord Jesus (See John 1:1-3) spoke to the “seeker” inside, giving evidence of His existence. His “prayer” was answered by the Lord and confirmed by an intense feeling of peace, revealing to him that God was real and that He was desiring to have a personal relationship with him.
Psalm 19:1-4a “The heaven’s declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork. Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge. There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; their voice is not heard. Yet their voice [in evidence] goes out through all the earth, their sayings to the end of the world.”
This young man had a firm belief there was no god. The problems with which he was dealing, motivated him to get away and “think”. Inside, there was a seeker needing to find answers but not knowing where to go for those answers. He sat on the top of a mountain in a front row seat viewing the majesty and glory of God the Creator, and realized He was witnessing something greater than himself. Then, in a humble response to that new understanding, he prayed his first prayer: “God, if you are real, make yourself known to me”. He had a profound paradigm shift in his beliefs that changed his life forever.
I also mentioned in Part 1 a need to be humble before the Lord. Most people think humility is a position of kneeling with face flat on the ground groveling before the Lord, therefore many resist God. One may bow before monarchy as a sign of respect and honor; how much more the King of all Kings? However, one can bow to the lowest position and still not respect or honor the one before whom they are bowing. All this young man did was realize he was witnessing the profound evidence in nature that there is a Creator who is God, the maker of the heavens and the earth. He then reached out to Him, being willing to change his beliefs by asking Him for help. That is an example of true humility. Pride, to the contrary, will hold fast to its belief even when found to be wrong! Pride not only rejects the ways of God, it rejects God altogether. James 4:6 “But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).
Mankind in general wants to be their own god. They rebel, like small children, against the guidance of someone wiser who has their best interest in mind, to do what they want to do. That response always leads to trouble, sometimes deadly trouble and at the end of life, eternal judgment apart from God. One of my favorite books in the Bible is the book of Proverbs which is rich with understanding. It explains that the wise are willing to be corrected but the proud resist true wisdom. This young man, though wise in his own eyes, encountered the Wisdom of the Ages and realized he had some things to learn. By his willingness to be humble, he received not only answers to his dilemma, he received eternal life!
Treasure hunters are seekers. Jeremiah 29:13 “Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” May our heart’s cry be, “Lord, I want to know You more. I will seek You with all my heart because I know You will meet me there”. (See Ephesians 1:17-23; 3:16-20) Seeking requires humility and humility opens our heart to God’s presence.