Is God Bored With Us? Or Could He Be?
Updated: Apr 12
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.” Jer. 29:13
How often do we really, truly seek after God? Where He’s at the forefront of our mind and we are seeking after Him? Where all we can think about is what He is doing and what he is speaking to us?
As children, we would play this game called Sardines. Seeking out the one who was hiding. Sometimes we would work together as a team to find the person hiding and sometimes we would go off on our own to find the person. As we got older it became more challenging, because the thrill of the one hiding would try to find the hardest and most difficult to find place. But it wasn’t because they didn’t want to get found necessarily; it was because they wanted to make it fun and more enjoyable for the ones playing. If we were to find the “Sardine” immediately, the game would be over and the fun would be done.
I think of this game because of our relationship with Jesus. And I feel like there are a few different connotations with this.
1. He loves having fun with us. He is not a dull god by any means.
2. If we seek him out it means that we want to find and be with him.
3. This doesn’t mean that all he does is hide from us. He wants us to find him. And sometimes he quickly reveals himself.
When we're kids and we would play this game we wouldn’t get bored during it. It was a thrill for us. “Who would be the first person to find the sardine?!”
However, this makes me think of how easily we get bored today. Not only in our every day lives but in our journey with Jesus. How often do we lose interest in something and immediately look to some form of technology to fill our “void” or “boredom”? We as a culture have a difficult time sitting and watching a game, being out in nature or sitting in our living room without our phones in our hands. I am guilty of this just like anyone else.
This brought me to a question that came to my mind. “Does God get bored with us? Or could He?”
When I asked myself that question it was like a big weight hit my chest. Not necessarily in a bad way, but in a way that made me ponder my life and my relationship with Jesus. How does it look? And do I get so distracted and easily bored when I sit down to hang out with Him that I have to pick up my phone? I ask myself “Why?” And then I asked myself the question again. When I am hanging out with God what if He got bored with me? How would that make me feel? I practically screamed in my head! AHHHH! No way! I would not like that in any way, shape or form! Because I love God more than anything in the world and when I actually sit down to hang out with Him, I want Him to have my undivided attention.
So, with how our society and culture is today this can be, well, it is a challenge. We are glued to our "devices." They're an extension of us. If we go anywhere without them we feel "naked." What if we felt that way about our Bible? Where if we left the house without it we would turn around and go get it? That's something to think about! What has our attention more? Our devices or God? Now, I know that we need our phones and other devices to function in today's world, don't get me wrong. But have we become so dependent on them that we forget about what is truly important and what should have our attention?
A commandment that God gave us is to Love God and Love people. So what does that really, truly look like? Can we keep our eyes on Him with all of our hearts, minds? Where our focus isn't broken and we don't get bored? This is my goal because Jesus is my everything and I want my focus to remain on Him.