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Sep 25, 2020

Playing Hide-and-Go Seek with God

Jeff Cavins

There are times in our lives when we either hide from God or we feel like God is hiding from us. Today, Jeff uses Scripture to remind us that God is always searching for us no matter how much we try to hide from him. Sometimes it’s not so much about finding God, but rather it’s about letting ourselves be found by him. 

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“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13


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Playing hide-and-go seek with God started with Adam and Eve hiding from God after the fall. When sin enters our lives, we all have the tendency to run away from God and hide in our shame.  We can hide in alcohol, drugs, painkillers, the internet and even hobbies to keep ourselves busy. However, God is not afraid of our brokenness and sin. He sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to find us and bring us home. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that God draws close to us at every time and every place. He never hides us from and never stops looking for us, he wants to be found by us more than we want to find him. God does not want us to remain in the shadows, he is a tender and merciful Father who desires freedom and healing for us. If you simply let yourself be found by God, everything will change. 

“God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.”– CCC 1

Scripture Verses

“But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?'”- Gen 3:9 

“Can a man hide himself in hiding places, ‘So I do not see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’declares the Lord.”-Jeremiah 23:24 

“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”-Hebrews 4:13

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”-Jeremiah 29:13

“So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.”-Psalm 63:2

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”-Luke 19:10

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.”-Proverbs 8:17

“‘Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.'”-Isaiah 55:6-7 

“The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”-Psalm 34:10

“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”-Lamentations 3:25

“For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: “Seek me and live!”-Amos 5:4

LIVE Virtual Bible Study: Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible with Jeff Cavins 

This fall, you have the opportunity to participate in a LIVE virtual Bible study with me on Wednesday nights. Starting on Wednesday, September 16th at 8PM EST, I will be presenting one of Ascension’s most popular Great Adventure Bible studies- Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible.  I will be presenting the Bible study in 8 LIVE interactive sessions on Ascension’s Facebook page. Each hour-long live session will consist of prayer, teaching, and audience engagement (Q&A). 

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Meet Your Host: Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.

Jeff created The Bible Timeline learning system, which revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for millions of Catholics. Since its introduction, Jeff has developed The Great Adventure series of Bible studies to help people better understand Sacred Scripture and its meaning for their lives. 

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