“Please God, please help me,” I overheard my nephew ask while playing a video game in the next room. Finding this strange, I walked in to see this eight-year old praying while killing evil spoons in Chex’s first person shooter named “Chex Quest”. I sat down next to him and softly asked him what he was praying for. He explained that he really needed a red key to get through the red door to beat the level and he has been searching for a long time, which in kid years, was like 10 minutes. He told me he was asking God for help.
This got me thinking about Gods character and had to ask the question, “Would God help an eight year old find a red key in a video game?” On one hand we have an all powerful, all loving God who has the resources to do so. Goodness, he could just create a universal key in the game or just magically open the door for him if he wanted to. But on the other hand, its a meaningless video game that is not furthering the kingdom in any way.
I am not knocking video games, I love video games, but in the grand scheme of life they are low on the priority list. If we are healthy, we prioritize God first in our life, then our family, then friends, and somewhere alongside movies and playing golf we insert video games. They are a hobby, a place of escape, but not ministry, yet. For that reason the argument that God will not help you find the red key is valid, I mean doesn’t he want us to be spending more time with our family and saving the lost? I was wrong.
God is an all-encompassing God. He does not want to be prioritized as number one, He wants to be prioritized everywhere. When we are with our family He wants to be there, when we are with our friends, He wants to be invited. God wants to watch movies with us, stand alongside us when we hit the golf ball, and yes, play video games with us. God is desperately seeking our attention and will use whatever opportunity to show himself to us. When my nephew found that red key moments later, I realized He was asking his daddy to help him with the need he had. This was their bonding time, and God showed up.