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?”
That story illustrates the fact that the 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. As a practical matter, when one chooses his career, he needs to consider the need for people in that career. If there are too many people in a particular career, the salary might not be sufficient to meet one’s budget.
With this consideration in mind, one might consider 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 when it looks like He does not care. God wants to reveal Himself to us, but He will only do so as we hunger and thirst for Him.
In recent years I have noticed that parents do a poor job of hiding Easter eggs. I look out the door and see them placed all over the yard. The child just runs to them. There are a few that are hidden well enough to be a challenge. In my opinion the ones that challenge are more fun. Sometimes I can help by giving hints like “if it were a snake, it would bite you,” “a little more to the left,” or “you have to look higher.” I do that because I really do want the child to be a winner. But he really doesn’t know what “winning” is unless he is challenged.
God wants us to win. In a day or so, I will post some steps God’s word tells us to take in order to “find” go.
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knowing God, God’s name part 5
Now that is the truth. God is not a sugar daddy but do I see Him that way? Do I treat Him that way?
Thankful for His mercy!
A lot of “converts” believe that is what they are signing up for. When they find out it is not true, the glamour is gone and so are they. Like the people who followed Jesus for the loaves and fishes. When Jesus talked hard matters “like the blood” they scurried like rats. Yes, I also rely on his mercy.
I like the thought that God reveals Himself as we hunger and thirst for Him. That may be the only way we can see Him.
We find out more about Him each time we have a need, take it to Him, and trust. He is an absolute delight to the one who takes time for him. I know there are instances in the Bible where God withdrew Himself as a test, most notably Job. That would be so hard. David prayed against that ever happening. Take not thy Holy Spirit from me! Right now I can only remember Job’s case. Were there others?
I remember Psalm 51 that you mentioned about David.
Amen. And the joy that comes when one confesses and receives assurance of God’s continued forgiveness and mercy. Continue your journey with Him.
If he is everywhere, he must have found me by now 😀.
Oh, my friend, you are never far away from Him. But He is only found by those who look. You are so good at looking. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Does it matter whether I am found or I find out 😀. If I am needed, the omniscient will know where to find me. I am not hiding.
There is gold in “them-there” hills. Loved your poem; left a comment. See you.
Thank you. Saw your comment and replied
Thank you again for thought challenging writing. What is most important in our lives can become our GOD. So many sadly pin their lives on their SPORT, money, ACHIEVEMENTS, Identity and particularly Outer beauty and how I,,,,,,i………I ;”feel”. Surrender of all that is external allows God’s Love to reach us internally. It is the human/soul spirit He is concerned about and came to save.. Eternity is not about anything external. Blessings to all and thank you again for post.
Yes, we do need to peel off a lot of excess that limits our reaching Him.
I always wanted my eggs hidden deep and nearly out of reach—-the challenge was just as exciting as the joy of finding one.
If they were in plain sight, I would wonder what was the point—anything worth having is worth working for—I think we are allowing the current generations to forget that
Yes, exactly. It would be more interesting to set one egg on a tee ball stake and let the race begin. At least you could call the winner, a winner.
Interesting. I look forward to what you have to say next.
It is in drafts. I will probably post it tomorrow. Coming soon. Bible tells us but we are so prone to putting off the things that will bring us closer to the “face of God.” It key element is TIME. 😀