And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn. ”
Hide-and-seek is fun for children. When we were young my brother and I especially enjoyed playing this game on a warm summer’s evening. The gathering darkness helped hide our efforts to steal back to home base, where we would be “ole-ole-in-free.”
But God doesn’t play games, especially hide-and-seek. Throughout human history God has been revealing Himself rather than hiding Himself. When He appeared to Moses, it was not in some subtle mystical fashion; it was in a burning bush that Moses couldn’t have missed.
George Macdonald wrote, “God hides nothing. His very work from the beginning is revelation—a casting aside of veil after veil, a showing to men of truth after truth. On and on from fact divine He advances, until at length in His Son, Jesus, He unveils His very face.”
God wants to reveal Himself to you as well. If He seems to be veiled or hidden, first check to see if you know His Son, Jesus, as your personal Savior. It is only through Him that we have the privilege of drawing near to the Father (John 14:6). Then search your heart to see if some unconfessed sins may be dimming your view. Like winter frost on a window, sin keeps us from seeing clearly the Person of God. Finally, spend quality time in His Word. Nothing reveals God more com pletely than the Bible.
ONLY THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT TO SEE GOD CANNOT SEE GOD.