Where’s God though?

Sometimes we look hard for God and just can’t find him.

Growing up I often enjoyed staring at the pages of a “Where’s Waldo” book.  These books captured the journey of Waldo, a tall, bespectacled traveler who — despite his glaring fashion choice of bright red and white stripes — had a propensity to stay hidden.  With each page turn you’d find a new location or scene filled with people and adventure, and somewhere in the midst would be Waldo, smiling as he watched you struggle to spot him.

Some people would move their eyes randomly around the page, their gaze darting to anything that looked like red and white stripes.  Others would take a more structured approach, mentally breaking the pages into grids and scanning one section at a time.

No matter the approach, the results were often the same: despite how hard you searched, sometimes you just couldn’t find Waldo.  You may have devoted hours and scanned the pages dozens of times, and still failed to track down the traveler.  Some, in exasperation would shout, “Waldo isn’t here!”… and then keep looking.

Why?  What led people to keep looking when all the evidence said he wasn’t there?

Because he was.

Even if someone spent hours scouring the pages strategically to no avail, they still knew one thing to be true: Waldo was there, because the book was designed that way.  You may have to seek harder and longer than you anticipated, but you will eventually find Waldo, because he is guaranteed to be there.  It is a known truth that Waldo is there; the only unknown is what your journey seeking him would be.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

We are told that God is all around us.  Knowing this, believers will often commit to looking for Him in the midst of their lives, and when we can’t find Him we cry out, “I’ve been seeking!  Where is God, though?!”

To seek and not find can be frustrating, heartbreaking, and demoralizing.  We can begin to question if God is with us at all.  When God doesn’t answer the question, heal the sickness, or fix the situation, we can be like the kid looking repeatedly over the pages for Waldo and mutter, “He’s not here.”

Ironically — unlike Waldo — God is not hiding:

“Am I a God near at hand,” says the LORD, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the LORD; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:23-24

Though we can’t seem to find him, He fills heaven and earth and is near at hand.  We are searching, and searching, and searching, all the while He is fully in our midst.  In fact, this verse implies that rather than it being God who is hiding, sometimes it is us!

God is with us; the only unknown is what our journey seeking Him will be.

One way to make the journey easier is to decide to believe that God can be found.  If we can say, “Though I can’t see Him, I will believe He is here,” we will find the drive to keep seeking.  We may learn that the issue was not God, but how we were looking, where we were looking, or if we were actually looking for Him or a version of Him we wanted; we may discover He was in front of us all along, but our vision was blurry.  In time we come to understand what it means to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) rather than seeking Him for other purposes, and find him in deeper ways than we expected.

When your efforts to find God seem to fail, remember this:

God IS with you; when you seek you WILL find.

 

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Deuteronomy 31:8

 

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  1. This topic is so good, where is God? Not seeing Him in a moment can be frustrating but if that leads us to seek Him, then we are better off than being lost and feeling by ourselves. Many times we learn things in the process of seeking God that He wanted us to discover. Look at the book of Job, they guys had hard a time seeing God and they began to share what they knew about God but by the end God has revealed Himself to them in a way they never knew Him before.

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