Have you ever wondered why God seems so hard to find? If He is so great and mighty, why doesn't He make Himself known? We can wonder too, why some of our friends and family may have a similar characteristic. They may be brilliantly talented in art, a genius in science, or a prodigy in music. Yet, despite their obvious greatness, they sometimes are the most humble, quiet and hidden people. This is puzzling, but you cannot deny that this person is greater than one who boasts in his accomplishments and abilities.
“Surely You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, the Savior.” – Isaiah 45:15
The Bible reveals God as the highest example of this. He is a God who hides Himself. He is invisible to the physical eyes and intangible to the human sense. He likes concealment while we enjoy a grand display. He does not crave outward manifestations, but we cannot be content without them. However, this does not mean that God is unreachable. He chooses to hide so that those who genuinely seek Him can find Him.
Because He responds to genuine seeking, it is very simple to find Him. You just need to tell Him whatever is on your heart. If you don’t want God to exist, you can tell Him, “God, I don’t want You to exist.” If you’re angry at Him or confused why He let certain things happen, you can also tell Him that. If you feel so empty and lonely and you don’t know what to do about it, tell Him exactly that – “God, I’m lonely and sad. I need a friend.” He longs for the people He created to speak to Him, just as they are. You don’t have to come in pretense and you don’t have to try to compose a perfect prayer. It is as simple as having a conversation with Him, just like you would with a friend.
When you speak to Him in such a way, His response may be very quiet. There probably will not be an obvious answer. Yet, His surest work is often done in the secret of our inner beings. Sometimes He comes in a slight whisper or a soft nudge. Sometimes it is so quiet we can barely distinguish it from our own thoughts. Yet, this is God’s mightiest mode of activity.
If you desire to begin a relationship with Him, let Him know. You can simple tell Him, “God, I want to know You. I want to experience You as people claim to do. God, reveal Yourself to me, come into me and live in me.”
This kind of genuine opening does not stop at discovering God. After receiving God as your Savior and into your heart, you can continue to speak to Him in that simple way. Just open to Him whatever is on your heart. As you open your heart to Him, He will in turn, begin to open His heart to you.
We cannot see God in our physical eyes but by setting a few hours to pray and fellowship with Him we have the feeling that He is real and available as long that we can open our mind and heart to contact Him in our spirit.
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