“He sets the boundaries of people and nations, determining their appointed times in history. He has done this so that every person would long for God, feel their way to him, and find him—for he is the God who is easy to discover!” (Acts 17:26b,27; TPT).
God has set things up so that we can find Him when we reach out for Him. He has made Himself easy to discover. This reminds me of a dad playing hide-and-seek with a toddler. The delighted father “hides,” leaving a leg or arm sticking out so the gleeful little one can quickly come running to him. The child cackles gleefully as Daddy rewards her search for him with an engulfing, laughing embrace. What joy both of them take in this exercise!
Our Abba leaves unmistakable clues in our trail to help us find Him too. And how it fills His heart to overflowing when we pursue Him, running into His awaiting arms!
He set us up for this. Before giving birth to the universe, He looked ahead through all that was yet to be. He examined the times and seasons of every single century that was to come. He determined exactly what the best location would be for your placement – both on the timeline of history and on the atlas of the planet. He was focused on planting you in a setting that would stimulate you to seek Him… and find Him! He knew exactly what would work best for you, personally and individually.
He was exceedingly purposeful in His placement of you. He made His precise decision “so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him… He’s not remote; he’s near” (Acts 17:27, MSG).
He has made Himself accessible. You can reach out, and your fingers will brush up against Him. Maybe not physically, but your spirit will touch Him. He’s right there.
This is His guarantee (emphasis mine):
- “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8a, NKJV).
- “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matt. 7:8, ESV).
- “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you…” (Jer. 29:13-14a, NKJV).
We have a Daddy who hides Himself in plain sight, that we might find Him. One who sets us in exactly the right place and time, that we might discover Him. If you are yearning for more of Him, He will never, ever leave you groping around in the dark. He’s so very, very close, waiting to be sought after. He longs to be found by you. Longs to sweep you up in His laughing, engulfing embrace!
What is one specific way that God has set things up for you personally, in such a way that you would find Him?