God can’t be found. What is He doing? Why hasn’t He been in any of the places that I have looked?
God is confusing. He doesn’t show up when we think, He lingers around longer than we would like, and He sometimes steps on our feet when we greet Him. What’s up with that?
Do these things make God inconsiderate or undesirable? Does His seeming lack of good manners give you reason to move away? Did He seem an unlikely refuge when you turned your back on Him?
Perhaps asking these questions makes you feel uncomfortable. But, if God is perfect and intentional in all He does, then it could not be an accident that He has put Himself off on us as He has. There is no need for you to distance yourself from Him with a protective veneer of politeness.
Since God knows everything, and is the premier expert in predicting your every thought and move, He no doubt expected you to react to His behavior exactly as you have. But, what may be worthy of considering is that He knows more about you than you know about Him and therefore He had some excellent reason for whatever elusive or intrusive measures He has enacted in your presence.
The marvelous personality of a holy God is wrapped up specifically for you in everything He does and says. He presents Himself to you for your enjoyment. Doubt the biblical nature of what I say? Read Matthew or John and you will find verses like:
“I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.” (John 15:11)
Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” (John 10:6-10)
Not only did He choose to make Himself known to us in such a way that we would enjoy Him, but also that we would recognize that in Him we are absolutely full. If such were the experiential case of our lives, we would have no reason to doubt that God is our deepest craving and delight. The world would have no opening to tantalize us with empty things; God would have us “heart and soul.”