A story is told that a man went to heaven and asked permission to return to earth to get something that was very valuable to him. The angel gave him permission to do so. The man returned to heaven’s gates with a wheelbarrow full of gold. The angel said to him, “Why ever did you want to bring a load of street pavement?”
Value of an item is based on its rarity. If diamonds were as abundant as street gravel, they would be of little value although they would still be beautiful. With this consideration in mind, one might evaluate why God seems to hide himself. God is everywhere, but He is not commonplace! God is a loving Father, but He is not a sugar daddy! God is as near as one’s heartbeat, but He cannot be found if one does not seek diligently for Him. God wants to do good for us, but He will do so only if we trust Him even if it looks like He does not care.
In 2 Chron. 7:14, God tells his people what to do to turn His favor to one’s nation and have their sins forgiven – “humble yourselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from your wicked ways.” What is meant by seeking God’s face? Of the four instructions above, seek my face is the one which means to get acquainted with Him, know Him. Hunger and thirst for Him.
In the 27th Psalm, David says, “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; . . . “ (v. 8 & 9).
God wants us to know Him, to trust him, to have faith in Him. Adrian Rogers said, “If God wanted to prove Himself, He could roll back the heavens and make Himself known with a display of grandeur, might, and glory. However, such displays would render faith unnecessary.” He wants us to look for him, have faith and trust in Him. And when we find a personal relationship with Him, we know we have found a real diamond – rare and beautiful.