‘Where are You?’ The first excuse I came across is thinking God is far away. The truth was that I was the one hiding not that God was far from me.

God is far away: He is with me looking for me.
He asks, ‘Where are you?’ to have me realize where I am in our relationship. Do I have openness and sincere desire for Him or am I hiding in fear?

Soften my heart, Jesus, as I look to You today

Gen 3:8-13 (ESV2011)
“8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?
10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Perhaps I can blame someone else: Its my fault. I’m sorry Jesus. Mercy.

Rom 2:1-5 (ESV2011)
“1 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.
3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?
4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”

I’m hurried and busy: Be still and know I am God.
Ps 46:8-11 (ESV2011)
“8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 ​He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
10 ​“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 ​The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. — Selah”

I’m too stupid: Ps 119:130 (ESV2011)
“130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”

I’m tired: Come to Jesus and learn from Him, for He is gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.

see https://lynndove.com/2013/10/28/25-encouraging-scripture-verses-for-when-you-are-exhausted/

Matt 11:28-30 (ESV2011)
“28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

I’m not worthy: abide in Him
1John 2:28-29 (ESV2011)
“28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.
29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

General guilt: Repent

Matt 4:16-17 (ESV2011)
“16 ​the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

God Loves Me – Here’s Why I’m Absolutely Sure

God is withholding blessings: God loves me.

Deut 7:9 (ESV2011)
“9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,”

my faith is weak: I am unworthy but Jesus is utterly worthy.

Luke 17:3-10 (ESV2011)
“3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,
4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
7 “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’?
8 Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’?
9 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?
10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”

I have no issues I have done everything right:
give me a break

Matt 23:23-36 (ESV2011)
“23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.
28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous,
30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’
31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.
33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?
34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town,
35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
36 Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.”

Please forgive me Father for hypocrisy. Let not these verses be used by me to accuse anyone else when I am the one who is hypocritical. Help me Jesus rid me of hypocrisy.

Fear: Perfect love casts out fear

1John 4:13-21 (ESV2011)
“13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
19 We love because he first loved us.
20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

I don’t know what the problem is: Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to me.

Then wait. He will answer.
I can hear Him.

Luke 11:13 (ESV2011)
“13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

John 16:12-15 (ESV2011)
“12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

Neh 8:3 (ESV2011)
“3 And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.”
Ps 32:1-11 (ESV2011)
” “1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. — Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. — Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. — Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 ​Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
11 ​Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”
Sing a song and worship:

https://youtu.be/Tx6h1U7kTT0 – I’ve seen Him do it!
even if you have to sing it in your mind. Sing it worshipfully, deeply and in love with Jesus the savior of the world hosanna. Emanuel – God with us.

Close your eyes.

Don’t listen to lies: If God says listen to a song while reading. Do it. It is not a distraction if God says to do it.

Josh 21:45 (ESV2011)
“45 Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”
Luke 1:37 (ESV2011)
“37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Isa 55:1-13 (ESV2011)
” “1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 ​Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
4 ​Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.
5 ​Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
6 “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
7 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.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
9 ​For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
12 “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 ​Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the LORD, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

Isa 55:11 (ESV2011)
“11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Perhaps I should skip devotions this morning if I really do not want to find Jesus.

Isa 55:6 (ESV2011)
“6 “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;”

Keep on asking. Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking.
Luke 11:8-13 (ESV2011)
“8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.
9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;
12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

https://youtu.be/UbtLFmmELoY -Isaiah 55 song

John 14:25-27 (ESV2011)
“25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you.
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Matt 6:9 (ESV2011)
“9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

G3686 (Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Dictionaries of the Greek and Hebrew Testaments)
G3686 ὄνομα onoma (o’-no-ma) n.
a “name” (authority, character).
{literally or figuratively}[from a presumed derivative of the base of G1097]
KJV: called, (+ sur-)name(-d) Root(s): G1097 Compare: G3685

Father, let everything I do and say and think and feel be for Your glory that Your reputation may increase in goodness among people.

That Your name – reputation, character may become clearer to me and those around me. Holy be Your name. You are Holy. let me give glory to You more and more and let me contribute to glorifying You and Your name.
Ps 119:160 (ESV2011)
“160 ​The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”

Father, You asked, ‘where are you?’ Let me be closer and closer to You. I know You are here with me. Thank You for showing me how I try to hide. Forgive me please. What a fool I am to think I can hide from You who is giving me life right now.

Turn up Your light more and more. Thank You for exposing my darkness to Your light. I need You more than air.

1Pet 3:18 (ESV2011)
“18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,”

Phil 4:19-20 (ESV2011)
“19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”