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Does God Play Hide-and-Seek?

Does God Play Hide-and-Seek?

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God plays hide-and-seek with everybody. The difference is that some seek Him until they find Him, while others abandon the search. It's all a matter of personal priorities. "And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

God plays hide-and-seek with everybody. The difference is that some seek Him until they find Him, while others abandon the search. It's all a matter of personal priorities. "And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

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Does God Play Hide-and-Seek?Ram Dass, a Jew, became a drug-using Hindu philosopher. He is quoted assaying, “It is difficult to know why God reveals Himself to some and plays thegame of hide-and-seek with others.”Actually, God plays hide-and-seek with everybody. The difference is thatsome seek Him until they find Him, while others abandon the search. It is all amatter of personal priorities. If you spend your time in pursuit of psychedelicexperiences, that is what you will become an expert about, and that is whatthe world will remember you for. If you pursue sports, or fashion, orentertainment, or wealth, then that is what your heart and soul will know andlove. But if, on the other hand, you spend your life in pursuit of God, you willdiscover God, and the world will discover something of Him through you.“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for theyshall be filled,” Matthew 5:6.Lee Trevino said, “A hungry dog hunts best.” Those of us who are hungry forGod are the most likely to hunt for Him. And those who seek for God the mostdiligently are the ones who will find the most of Him. Does God REALLY playhide-and-seek with us? Absolutely!“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but it is the honor of kings to searchit out,” Proverbs 25:22. Why is it glorious for God to conceal things from us?As I write this, the price of one ounce of gold is about $1700.00 US. Why isthe price of gold so high? Gold is a rare and precious commodity. If you couldtake a shovel, and go outside into your back yard, and dig up a dozen wheel-barrows-full of gold, you certainly would not pay a thousand dollars for anounce of it. If gold was as common as dirt, it would have the same value as
 
dirt.If the knowledge of God was as common as the knowledge of college football,you could pick up the Sports Section of your newspaper and discover all themysteries of God for about fifty cents. But you will never know the mysteriesof God without a diligent search. The knowledge of God will never be ascommon as dirt.“I don’t have time to read the Bible.” “I don’t have time to pray.” “I don’thave time to go to Church.”One man wrote this poem:“I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please. Not enough to explodemy soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or asnooze in the sunshine.I don't want enough of God to make me love a black man or pick beets with amigrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb,not a new birth.I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy three dollarsworth of God, please.” (By Wilbur Rees)Sorry, Sir. You can’t have the glory of the Eternal for three dollars. Yes, Iknow. Mercy and grace are free. I know that Jesus paid it all. I am not going toargue with you about that. But if you really want to know God, you are goingto have to pay a price. You know what I mean.God simply does not give Himself away like dirt. He conceals His bestbecause it is more priceless than gold. “The honor of kings is to search itout,” Proverbs 25:22. Honor comes to the king who searches out and findsthe hidden treasures of God. Any man or woman can attain to that honor if their heart is hungry enough. God conceals His treasures in DARKNESS.We tend to think of God in terms of LIGHT. We know that Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). We know that God dwells in the light that no man canapproach unto (I Timothy 6:16). He is called “the father of lights,” (James1:17).So it catches us a little bit by surprise when David says, “HE MADE DARKNESSPAVILIONS round about Him,” (2 Samuel 22:12). A pavilion is a shelter. Godliterally shelters Himself in darkness. God preserves His own holiness byputting a space between Himself and all that is worldly and profane.Anyone who will find His treasures will have to learn how to penetrate thatdarkness. Anyone who wants to enter into His Holy Presence will have to
 
learn how to traverse that darkness.One of the most astonishing prophecies in the Bible occurs in Isaiah 45:3. Init, God says to King Cyrus of Persia, “I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I,the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.”What is so astonishing about that prophecy? The great historian, Josephus,wrote that Cyrus read and obeyed that prophecy which had been addressedto him SPECIFICALLY BY NAME – 200 years AFTER it was written. This story of Cyrus had to do with the return of the children of Israel fromseventy years of captivity in Babylon. Cyrus was born after the story began.He was not a Jew. He did not know the God of Israel. He was not raised underthe teachings of Moses. He did not know or understand the prophetic destinyof Israel. He was a pagan who worshipped false gods.But the true and living God sent a message to Cyrus 200 years in advance,saying, “I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secretplaces, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name,am the God of Israel.” This is one of the most rare and unusual acts of God.Almighty God chose Cyrus to serve a divine and prophetic role in the saga of the nation of Israel. The ancient country of Persia is known in modern times as IRAN. Cyrus wasthe king of the forefathers of modern Iran. Now, Iran is an Arab-Muslim nationthat is one of the worst enemies Israel has on planet earth.King Cyrus’ modern successor is a man named Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whodenies that the Kingdom of Israel ever existed, and who has often declared,in the international spotlight, that he will wipe Israel off the face of the map.So it is immensely noteworthy that God chose to reveal some of His mostprecious secrets – “the treasures of darkness” - to King Cyrus, Ahmadinejad’spredecessor. Why did God reveal His secrets to Cyrus? “That thou mayestknow that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.” You see, God alone has the power to reveal His secrets to whosoever He will. That is just as true today as it ever was. As the world stands aghast while Iranand Israel bristle with nuclear threatenings against each other, rememberthat 2500 years ago, God Himself opened His treasures of darkness to Iran’sthen King as a witness for all of time “that thou mayest know that I, … am theGod of Israel.”After pagan Cyrus received the word of the LORD, he became an enthusiasticfriend of Israel and the principal benefactor for the reconstruction of  Jerusalem. But most significantly, Cyrus became a true believer. He

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