Hide and Seek

In the day of trouble he will keep
me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred
tent and set me high upon a rock.”
(Psalm 27:5, NIV)
Have you ever played hide and seek?
Fun isn’t it?
You go around, you find a nice snug place where you can hide, all in the hopes that the seeker will not find you. The key to winning is to find a place where the seeker will not find you.
As an adult I used to play hide and seek from my troubles, my fears and my problems. The bars were my hiding spot, the liquor would wash away my problems, my husband, whom at the time was my boyfriend, would be my seeker to ensure I wouldn’t come home drunk.
Liquor was my refuge.
The bars were my safe haven…. or so I thought.
God is our safe haven. God is our refuge: god is our comfort. God will provide the best hiding spot for you when you need it.
To find his shelter all we need to do is call on his name.
All our worries, all our fears and all our struggles disappears when you call out on the lord. He guides you to take the appropriate steps to get you where you need to go.
Now when I need to hide from my worries, my fears or problems I seek in the comfort of gods words. I hide in the Bible and seek the way. I indulge in his words to wash away my problems the way I once used alcohol to wash them away. I use his words to give me the strength I need when I am feeling weak.
I could be in a crowded train car, but when I submerge myself in his grace, in his words, in his thoughts it is just god and I alone traveling on this train. He is my refuge, my safe haven, my shelter, i can rest assured knowing I can hide in his embrace.
Father I thank you for your comfort. I thank you for your shelter, I thank you for hiding me, I thank you for submersing yourself and your words in me. I thank you for the extra love and care you provide. I know I need not to play child games to hide, when I have you by my side. Once again I love and thank you. Amen.
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Ask, seek, knock

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the 

door will be opened to you.”
(Matthew 7:7, NLT) 
Keep Seeking
I love this verse because it simply tells you everything you need to do in order to get your petitions answered.
Here is a scenario that sometimes plays out in our minds with God when we are asking for specific petitions.
Ask and you shall receive…..

Wait I did, I’m still waiting…. now what?
Keep asking!
I already did, what’s asking again gonna do ?
Ask again.
Why?

I want you to.
You also got seek, keep looking….. 

What you mean, Keep looking, you just told me to ask again, now you telling me to look, look where? If I knew where to look you think I would be asking?
Well you need to look, the problem is

your asking the wrong questions and not looking in the right direction!
Huh?
Keep looking, keep asking!
I can’t find it, I don’t know what else to ask, what now?
Knock!
What?

Knock?
Knock what? You bugging now!!

Been there?

What is he talking about, keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking…. and in doing so you receive what your asking for, find what your looking for and the doors will open for you. 
However it will not come that easy. First you have to realize when we are asking, knocking and seeking we are not doing so in the flesh we need to spiritually ask…. we need to seek what we are looking spiritually we need to knock on that spiritual door so we can get our answer.
Many times we ask god for petitions not realizing God doesn’t want you to have it for a reason, God has a plan, you need to listen, you need to pay attention and follow the breadcrumbs he’s leaving you, you need to seek to find the answer for your blessing. He will guide you to the right path and when you open that door you will realize the greatest blessings god had for you.
We keep asking for things to come, yet we do not have faith nor patience, sometimes it feels like an eternity before it all comes to pass.

 

The Bible says with faith and patience you will inherit his promises
Si remain in faith, keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking snd before long you will see your petitions answered. Remember they are not going to be answer when we want them, they will be answered in his timing.

The biggest problem we have as to why we do not receive miracles we are is seeking due to our lack of patience and giving up before we receive our blessing.
We drop when things get difficult.

We give up.

Wave the white flag.

Find an alternative solution which is more damaging than helpful.

This verse here though not only encourages us to keep asking and seeking, but to stay determined while we seek him until we receive his promises.

Tonight, when you pray to the lord, remember to have hope and faith in him that an answer to your petition will come. Keep a positive attitude. Keep faith. Stay in spiritual contact with the lord. Stay obedient in him and be willing to accept the answer to your petition, even when it’s not irme we want to hear.
What you may feel is what you need, god may feel is not aligned for your future. We need to accept that as well. Today pray to the lord to maintain an attitude of faith. Pray for expectancy. Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. When god is ready he will open the door.

Father God you know my petitions and my pleas. You know the outcomes and when my answers will come help me keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. Help me to open up and pay attention to your cues, words, signs as to what I am to do while I wait. I will keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking. Patiently waiting for when you decide the answers for my pleas. Amen.