Saturday, October 31, 2015

Devotional Thought : Isaiah 45:15

Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself, the God and Savior of Israel. Isaiah 45:15

It would be easy for God to perform amazing miracles, write his name on the clouds or demonstrate his greatness in some way. Yet God chooses to restrain himself so that he appears to be hiding from us.

While God does not draw attention to himself he leaves enough clues for the genuine seeker. He hides so that he can be found by those who are prepared to consider the evidence – creation, his mighty acts on behalf of Israel, other historical and archaeological evidence, personal testimonies and inner conviction. None of these will convince a casual onlooker but those who are genuinely interested in investigating Christian faith will find that God provides enough indications to warrant trust in him.

Hebrews 11:6 tells us, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." God is looking for those with faith. If his presence in the world was obvious we wouldn't need faith.

God's restraint in not displaying his greatness in ways that are obvious to us also tells us something about the character of God. He shows humility when he has nothing to be humble about. He does not push himself forward or highlight his work in the world. He is not focussed on himself but on the people he loves. He appears to be "hiding himself" to arouse our curiosity so that we will desire a relationship with him.

God is not found by the casual seeker but by those who earnestly seek him. "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13).

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