Finding God, Not Like Finding Waldo
Updated: Aug 6
Does God require “finding”? Yes. And this is good to know. People get it wrong. Massive amounts of evidence of God’s presence and working are everywhere, yes. Romans 1:20 says, “The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.” As obvious, good, and beautiful as it is, someone won’t recognize the true God in it, if He does not seek Him.
God says in Jeremiah 29:13-14: “ 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD.” This is called a conditional sentence. The result of finding the Lord or the Lord being found by you comes with conditions. Those conditions are that you seek the Lord and search for Him with all your heart. God wants to be found, but He’s going to be found only by those who want Him. He designed His creation as sufficient to find Him but insufficient for those who do not want and seek Him. Those complaining that God does not show Himself well enough fit into the latter category.
Finding God is not like finding Waldo. When someone finds Waldo, he acknowledges His existence. Someone hasn’t found God unless he acquiesces to the perfections of God’s attributes and relinquishes his will to Him.