I love a good game of hide and seek. I played it as a kid, I played it with our kids, and I play it with our grandkids. I like its simplicity and that you can pick up a game at a moment’s notice. For the most part, I play to lose. My joy in the game is being discovered, of hearing the delight in a grandchild’s voice who says, “I found you, Grandpa!”
In a way, God is like that. He wants to be found by those who look for him. He has positioned himself to be discovered, and I would dare say he finds no greater joy than when a child who has been looking for him can finally say, “I found you!”
A Discoverable God
Whether you’re actively seeking God, are uncertain but open to the idea, or feel like you’ve had and lost a connection to him, I hope you’ll be encouraged to know he wants you to find him. But how?
Let’s begin by thinking about God as a supernatural being. By this I mean that God exists above and beyond the natural world. In order for a supernatural God to be discovered in the context of a natural world, he would have to take the initiative to reveal himself.
Has he done that and do we have proof of his existence? To be transparent, there is no proof of God that is convincing to all people, no argument so tangible and compelling that we have no choice but to believe in him. But then, to believe in the supernatural, that which is beyond our ability to confirm in a laboratory or establish by an equation, requires an approach that is also rooted in the supernatural.
That’s where faith enters the picture. Faith frees us to think supernaturally. When rightly pursued, faith in God is sound and reasonable even as it transcends our senses. It’s choosing to believe in something we cannot see or touch.
Reasons for Faith
Let’s think about some ways a supernatural God might choose to reveal himself to the inhabitants of a natural world.
Creation. Think about art—a musical composition, a painting, or a sculpture. When we admire a work of art, we admire the artist behind it. We understand that something so beautiful, so complex, didn’t appear spontaneously. It’s the result of intelligence and artistry. The artist created in order to communicate.
I’ll grant there is no limit to arguments for and against the creation of the earth by a supernatural God. So I will simply say here that when I admire the rugged majesty of a mountain range, or look across a vast ocean, or consider the diverse plant and animal life on earth, my most reasonable conclusion is that our world has a creator. That there is will and purpose, intelligence and artistry, behind it all. As you’re seeking God, don’t rule out that he is communicating to you, revealing himself through the world he created.
Morality. Human beings possess an innate morality, a conscious awareness of what is right and fair, and what is wrong and unfair. Some argue that our morality is the natural result of biological and social evolution, but there must be more to it than that. Questions like, “Is it OK for me to do this?” and reactions like, “That’s just wrong!” lead us to conclude there is a moral standard implanted within the human heart. People can and have gone against this innate sense of right and wrong, but that has no bearing on its existence. Since all people everywhere share this moral conscience, it points us to a moral God who created us and instilled it in us.
Prayer. As I’ve grown in my faith, I’ve grown in my understanding of God as an active participant in human affairs. Not a distant and impersonal God, but a God who is near, who created us to be in relationship with him. One way God affirms this truth is through prayer. When we pray and God responds, two things happen. First, God confirms his existence. He proves to us that he’s real by hearing and answering the specific requests we bring to him. Second, through his interactions with us in prayer, God confirms his desire to be in relationship with us and to care for us.
I’m sure you realize this, but I feel the need to say it still. Prayer doesn’t guarantee we get what we want all of the time. I doubt any of us can say we’ve received everything we’ve asked for in prayer. But that’s not the point here. The point is that God has provided a way for us to communicate with him personally and directly, a way for us to know that he is real, that he has heard us and answered us through prayer.
The Next Step
Let me come back to a statement I wrote earlier. Whether you’re actively seeking God, are uncertain but open to the idea, or feel like you’ve had and lost a connection to him, I hope you’ll be encouraged to know he wants you to find him. If you haven’t been praying to God, why not begin praying now? No matter where you are in your pursuit of faith, God will hear you when you pray. Let him know you want to find him, even in your uncertainty and doubt. Ask him to make himself known to you. And keep an open mind as you look at the world around you, consider your moral conscience, and trust him to answer your prayer.