Hide and Seek
By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him.
"I will rise now," I said, "And go about the city; in the streets and in the squares, I will seek the one I love."
I sought him, but I did not find him.
The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?"
Scarcely had I passed by them, When I found the one I love.
I held him and would not let him go....
Song of Solomon 3:1-4
The Shulamite girl in the song of Solomon looked for her love, but she didn’t find Him. When she couldn’t find Him, she looked for Him among the masses.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever purposed in your heart to spend time with God but after reading some scripture or saying a prayer you don’t feel any closer to Him than when you were watching a tv show or cooking dinner?
Have you ever desired to have a wonderful, heavenly time with the Lord but instead you feel alone and discouraged? It has happened to me before. I have had times where I prayed and I felt that my prayers landed flat at my feet. There have been times where I felt like I needed to hear from God and opened my bible to read that "so and so begot so", in what seems like a million years ago and to make matters worse, I can't even pronounce their names. And, it seems like God is a million miles away.
Some people return to their daily tasks when they are unable to feel or find God’s Spirit in prayer, they assume that He will show up later. Others will begin to wonder if they have committed some sin that has separated them from the presence of God, and begin to look at themselves. And still others are like the lady in the Song of Solomon, they will continue to seek Him more, in the city streets and among the masses, and will never be content until they find Him.
Sometimes we think that God is far away - but really, He is hiding to see if we will look for Him. Like the Shulamite girl in the Song of Solomon, if we don’t see or feel Him, we go to church or turn on some Christian music to press in and find our Love. As our Christian friends surround us, we ask them, “Have you seen the one I love?” Pray with me, that I might find Him also… He is far from me now.
Even the most spiritual Christian would be a fake if they didn’t admit that this happens to everyone. As God plays this game of Hide and Seek, we wonder how many times He has hidden Himself from us, anxiously waiting around the corner to reveal Himself and His love for us. We pray and seek Him with our entire being and oh, what an answer to prayer when He is found! When we find Him, our declaration is the same as the Shulamite girl - we will never let Him go again! We will hold on with both hands!
Our spiritual life is enriched as our prayers are laced with the gratitude of His presence. The love of our life has returned! The scriptures are no longer dry crumbs but they are the absolute bread of life for a woman starving for the love of her beloved!
If you find that you pray and your prayers seem to fall on deaf ears, don’t get discouraged. Seek after Him all the more. Don’t return to daily tasks and leave Him hiding alone. Don’t assume you have committed some sin that has moved Him far away or that a devil has prevented you from finding Him. He is hiding so that He may reveal His love to those who are willing to seek after Him – don’t let Him leave the game disappointed that His love was not returned.
This game of hide and seek is what originally brought Jesus to earth. He said that He came to seek and save those were lost. (Luke 19:10) Now, He waits to see if this love will be returned to Him. Who is willing to seek after Him with their whole heart, so He may come out of hiding and reveal His love? Yes, sometimes it seems like He is the master at hiding - but the bible gives the clues on how to find Him.
Jeremiah 29:13 - And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 33:3 - ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
James 4:8 - Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
The bible says that God is a rewarder of those who will diligently seek Him. And yet, the reward that we receive from Him is the greatest treasure ever found. He rewards us with the gift of intimate love as He unveils Himself to us.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.
The next time that you pray and don’t feel the presence of God…. The next time you read the word of God and it appears to be as dull as a science text book…. Be encouraged and smile, your Beloved has invited you to play a game with the greatest reward! Be blessed as you begin to seek Him as He hides in the shadows – just waiting to reveal His love for you!
Daughters of Zion is a ministry in Ellis County, Texas with an end time assignment to prepare the body of Christ for the return of the Lord. Through teaching, ministry, evangelism, and prayer – women are being equipped to reach their families and communities and fulfill their callings as workers in the last day harvest of the Lord.
Teresa Kelton is the founder of Daughters of Zion - Ellis County and author of Prescriptions from Heaven: A Practical Guide to Biblical Healing.
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