Have you ever played Hide and Seek? I’ve sure played my share of that game. With friends when I was younger and then with my children. I always thought it was so cute when they were like 3- or 4-years-old and as long as they couldn’t see you, they thought they were hidden. Of course, then as they got older, they knew how to hide much better and I had to actually look for them.
I wonder if sometimes we play Hide and Seek with ourselves and with God. That sounds odd but I was thinking about when we try to kid ourselves about what we’re doing. Or we try to kid ourselves about what others are doing or that they are different from what they really are. We try to kid ourselves about what is going on around us. How many times do we lie to ourselves, yet won’t admit it. That is hiding like the 3- and 4-year-olds.
We can tell ourselves whatever we want, but truth is truth and never changes. Think about something you believe is truth and cannot be changed. I didn’t say will not but cannot be changed. There is a difference. I know the truth is all 3 of my children live in different states. However, that is a truth that can change. One or all could move. I know I love chocolate. That could change – not likely but it’s possible. But think of something that can never be changed. Not friendships because sometimes something can happen and things go awry. Don’t say eyesight because any of us could go blind for one reason or another. Don’t say marriage – that’s why divorce lawyers are so rich.
I can tell myself my friends will always be around – but they are human. I can say I’ll always see but I don’t know what the future brings. I can say my marriage will stand for all eternity but we never know what might come walking into our lives. Get the picture?
Actually, the only thing that I can think of that will never change is God’s Word, His love for us, and the eternal gift He has for us if we only receive it. I think most anything else you say I can think of something that can happen it. Marble statues – a tornado can tear it down. A mountain – volcanoes can blow them up or earthquakes split them in two. You say the ocean and earth. You might have me somewhat there because my science education was not that good. But the reason the oceans and earth will always be around until the Messiah returns is that God said in Genesis that never again would He destroy the whole world with water – hence the rainbow.
It probably seems like I’m drifting away from my original thought of Hide and Seek, but let’s pull all of this together now. My point is, we can try to hide from the truth all we want to by telling ourselves to believe something different, but it does not change truth. I know people who do not believe in God. That doesn’t change the truth that there is a God. I know people who do not believe the Bible is true, that’s it’s just a storybook. That does not change the truth that every word in the Bible is true and we can trust our lives to it. In fact, many men died so we could have the Bible. Many do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah. That doesn’t change the truth that He is. A lot of people hide from the truth. They want the truth to be as they see it – but don’t we all. Hiding from the truth, telling ourselves something is different than it really is does not change the truth. We cannot change real truth.
I think that is very comforting to know there are things that stand no matter if the whole world is crumbling at our feet. Job sure had his world crumble at his feet. He lost everything in one day. Have you ever felt like everything was stripped from you in one day? I have except I still have my children. Not many people go through something like that. But I believe you can finally come out the other side like Job. Probably a different person but maybe a better person. At the very least a wiser person. I wonder how different Job was. You just don’t go through something like that without changing,
To me Habakkuk said it best when he said in Habakkuk 3:17-19 – Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. I have read those 3 verses so many times you’d think I would totally have them memorized by now. I have to admit, however, the “joyful” part is the one I have trouble with. It’s very hard to be joyful about anything at a time like that! Another version says, “Yet will I trust Him!” I like that. I think those 3 verses just about say it all. If we can trust God as our world is falling apart, no matter what is happening around us, then the truth is we trust God.
By the way, trusting God does not mean we don’t get mad, scream, cry, go into deep depression, etc. We are human and I don’t want to give anyone the impression that if you are going through something tragic and you’re mad at God, you’re depressed, you want to die, you scream and are hateful, that you don’t trust God. No, those things are just being human and God knows that.
So, do we play Hide and Seek with God? We think as long as nobody knows, as long as we can cover it up, our sins are hidden. Do we believe if we think something to be true, even though it isn’t, believing it will make it true? Do we believe if we want something so much we are willing to be happy with the untruth, yet think believing it so will make it true? The thing we have to remind ourselves is that we hide nothing from God, He still sees everything just as He did in the Garden of Eden. And truth is truth, and no matter how we “want” it to be, truth does not change. Truth and untruth are not hidden from God.