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The Bible tells us to 'hide and seek'

The Bible tells us to 'hide and seek'
The Bible tells us to 'hide and seek'

No doubt when you hear the expression "hide and seek" your mind goes to that children's game in which a number of players hide and others seek to find the person who is hiding.

The game is played by one player chosen at random to be "it." This player counts to a predetermined number while the other players hide. After reaching the number, the player who is "it" attempts to locate all the hidden players. The game ends when all the hidden players have been found.

It is probably unlikely that you think of the Bible when you hear the expression "hide and seek." However, the Bible does tell us to "hide." Also, the Bible tells us to "seek."

While the word "hide" appears many times throughout the Bible, what usually comes to mind is Psalm 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mind heart, that I might not sin against thee." Hiding the word in our hearts is one of the most important things we can do as Christians. Hiding the word in our hearts is part of getting closer to God.

So, how do you hide God's word in your heart? To hide God's word in your heart is to internalize God’s word by meditation, praying, praising, scripture memorization and journaling. The result of hiding God's word in your heart is that you might not sin against God.

Not only does the Bible tell us to hide the word in our heart, it also tells us to "seek." Seeking the Lord means seeking His presence and having access to God. Three verses come to mind when we think about seeking God.

The first verse is found in Isaiah 55:6, "Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near." Before you call on God, seek Him. He is waiting for you to call out to him, but God wants you to seek His presence first. He is much closer to you than you think He is.

Another Old Testament verse that tells us to seek is Deuteronomy 4:29, "Seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul." In other words, go all out to find God.

The verse that often comes to mind in the New Testament is Matthew 6:33 that says, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Two words in this verse indicate that you should not rely on this verse alone. First, the verse begins with "but" which lets us know something significant comes before this verse. Previously, we are told about the things we could have. Secondly, "all these things" should be added unto you. What are all these things? Again, you should read the entire passage from Matthew 6:25-34.

So, you can see how the Bible tells us to hide and seek. Hide God's word in your heart, and seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

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