Seek and Hide
Most of us played “Hide and Seek” as children. The person who is “it” counts while everyone else hide. When the counter finishes, they attempt to locate the hiders. As we grow older, we leave that game behind.
In Scripture, God has “Seek and Hide,” but it’s neither a game nor childish.
In 2 Kings 22, King Josiah restored allegiance to Jehovah by tearing down the idols of the previous two kings. Manasseh had been especially evil (2 Chronicles 33:1-9).
During the restoration process, the High Priest, Hilkiah, found the Torah (2 Kings 22:8-11) and they went to Huldah the prophetess to seek the guidance of the Lord (2 Kings 22:14-20).
Jeremiah and Zephaniah, contemporaries of Huldah, prophesied of the Babylonian captivity that would bring devastation to the land and the enslavement of the people (2 Kings 21:13-14)
Zephaniah was of royal blood descended from King Hezekiah (Zephaniah 1:1). He boldly proclaimed dire prophecies about the certainty of judgment (Zephaniah 1:2-4,8-9,12,17).
God is basically referring to national sins. Of course, national sins are the result of individual sins. Yet, we shouldn’t think that everyone in the nation of Israel was sinful. Elijah was told that God had seven thousand faithful souls in his day (1 Kings 19:18).
God would protect the righteous as the nation went into captivity (Zephaniah 2:3) because he has always been faithful to his people (Ephesians 5:24-27; Hebrews 13:5). His grace and mercy will never fade away (1 John 1:7).
Taking responsibility for our sins is a sobering challenge. Sometimes we think we have repented when we’ve only skimmed the surface. Sins hide other sins and we more we dig, the deeper they become.
A partial expulsion is much easier than a total purge. However, we must locate the sins we fiercely protect and rationalize and banish them forever (Luke 13:3,5). Too many want to hide from God and hope he will seek us anyway, but that is folly.
We must shine the Light of God’s Word into our hearts to purge the sin in our lives (John8:12). We must test ourselves by the Word (2 Corinthians 13:5; James 1:23-27; Psalm 77:1-6) and examine carefully every corner and space in our lives.
Zephaniah tells us to seek the Lord and his righteousness and hide within it for safety (Zephaniah 2:3). Once we have been found by God, we should never ever want to leave.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).