Hide-and-Seek with smaller children is a much different game than is played by their older siblings. The object of Hide-and-Seek with small children is not to remain hidden, but to be found. If, by chance, the hider is too cleverly hidden, he will, after a very brief time, begin to emit a variety of homing beacons. Whether gruntings or growlings, squealing or laughter, these location-finding signals are inevitably transmitted. For the small child does not delight in being hidden, but in being found.
The same is true of God. He does not conceal himself in obscurity, but reveals himself in a million ways through the world around us, and more specifically, through His Word, the Bible. God does not delight in being hidden, but in being found. Jesus said, “seek and you shall find” and in another place in the Lord declares, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” God delights in being found.
This truth is seen clearly in the story of the Wise Men who came to visit the child Jesus, shortly after his birth. They were the most unlikely seekers of the Jewish Messiah. The odds of them finding him by their wit or craft were astronomical, but God delights to be found. He used signs in the heavens, ancient prophecies, wicked rulers, uptight religious leaders and low-flying celestial objects to lead these seekers to Jesus. It is probably better to say that Jesus found them than to say that they found Jesus. At every step in their journey to Jesus, God provided these outsiders the direction they needed. This story from Matthew 2 is a good reminder that no one is so far away from Christ that they cannot find Him.
Join us this Lord’s Day, December 31, as we examine the story of the Wise Men from Matthew 2:1-12 and consider this God who delights to be found. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions. Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.