Have you ever seen the young child’s version of hide-and-seek, where tiny hands are placed over tightly closed eyes and a little voice calls out, “You can’t see me!”? The innocent mind of the child simply assumes that if he can’t see the person with whom he’s interacting then he must be hidden from view. Ironically, we never outgrow the game.
Every person who has ever existed or ever will exist is a pro at the game of hide-and-seek and they foolishly play it with a most impressive Being – the Almighty God. There are some who want to completely deny His existence so that they do not have to be held accountable for their lifestyle choices and for a sense of complete independence. There are others who acknowledge God but ignore Him most of the time with a simple, “He does His thing and I do mine. We leave each other alone.” Finally, there is a third group of people who claim the name, ‘Christian.’
I write from experience when I say that Christians are clever in their hide-and-seek tactics. We adamantly state that we have a relationship with God and that we know Him very well – so well, in fact, that we know He enjoys the game every once in a while. We verbally stand up for our faith when we are with each other but when our comfort threatens to be compromised our hands go over our eyes and we deceive ourselves into thinking that He doesn’t see what we’re doing – holding on to offense, nurturing bitterness in our hearts, choosing football over Christian fellowship or sleep over reading the Bible, gossiping about a friend, laughing about foul language on TV, walking by the hurting stranger, mocking someone who is struggling, forming cliques rather than separating them, and the list goes on.
This is written with an open hand and not a finger pointed in judgement because I count myself in the winning ranks of hide-and-seek players. My eyes have been opened to my skill in the game. When I counsel others on how to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ I am forced to ask myself, “And what about you?” Make no mistake about it – Christians need a Savior too. The difference between us and those who deny God’s interest in their lives is that we have claimed the Name. Do our actions match our claim?
Yes, the flesh is strong, but when our spirit is strengthened by the Holy Spirit of God—it is He who reveals that God does not love the game. On your own, (rather…on our own…)one would not even recognize that there is a game being played.
This should encourage us that God is there to help us stop being such frequent players (though “here” we will never totally leave it) as we continue this earthly part of our forever journey. There will not be peek-a-boo played in Heaven. All is known and we all us will want to be known, since the battles with flesh will be finished. amen!
I’m in high school, I have seen everything and its opposite. There are more groups who play in this “hide and seek” game then you mentioned. What of the people who openly slander God’s name? The teenager is independent but is acknowledging God, and he or she is definatly not taking a neutral attitude. Is ignorance bliss, or are there people who would try to fight God (if they could) out of sheer spite?
What are your thoughts, watson?
Excellent points, Sherlock. I think those groups could fall under the aforesaid categories since their slandering God is a form of humanism. They are minimizing God by bringing Him down to their level and in doing so are closing their minds and hearts to His awesome power. This requires a certain amount of denial – hence, “The Game.” Does that make sense? I believe if people take the time to focus on the nature of God they cannot dare to so boldly fight Him – unless they have sold their souls to the devil.