Verse: Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
Why does every kid, universally, love the game of hide and seek? If you were honest right now, you'd admit that you'd be 'into' a giant game of hide and seek RIGHT NOW even though you are much older than the "appropriate age" for that game. (I know because I've played it with my youth group before. And we LOVED it.)
I'm not saying that God plays hide and seek with us. However, there is something about our relationship with God where he doesn't reveal everything to us right away in an easy to understand manner.
Jesus often spoke in parables and was fond of saying, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear" (Mark 4:9, Luke 8:8, Luke 14:35 and more). He was saying that people who were willing to really listen, to dig into his words, to sit with his words, to ask questions and learn and grow in understanding, they would be the ones to hear.
Why does this matter for you? You may be in a season right now in your life where you feel like God is not super close. Don't get discouraged. Often God allows that so that you can pursue him. In this season, remember this proverb, and search out God. James tells us to "come near to God and he will come near to you" (James 4:8).
You may also be in a season where you can't discern God's will for a specific direction or decision in your life. Don't despair! God is allowing you time to seek him. There is a power in waiting on your decision(s) until you find peace in God's leading. And he often doesn't just give it away in an instant. He allows us to seek him, to search for him, and to find him. The reason is, he is more concerned in our growth than in us having the answers quickly. And we grow a lot when we have to search, persevere, and be patient.
So dont' give up! God may be calling you to a season of searching. And trust me, it will produce great results in your life!
Help me not to grow discouraged in this season God, but give me strength to keep pressing into you.