Scripture Reading: Acts 17:26-28
“That they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘in Him we live and move and have our belong,’ as even some of your own poets have said: ‘For we are indeed His offspring.'” (Acts 17:27,28)
God gives a gracious invitation to all mankind: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near; 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” (Isaiah 55:6,7). Paul extended God’s gracious invitation to the Athenian philosophers on Mars Hill. He said, “that they should seek God, in hope that they might feel their way toward Him and find Him.”
Paul’s choice or words is most interesting: “That they should seek God, in hope that they might feel their way toward Him and find Him.” The wording suggests the idea of one groping around in darkness, but not knowing how to find what he or she is looking for. This is a description of the condition of lost people. They are trying to find meaning and satisfaction, but they can never fully find it. True satisfaction can only be found in a relationship with God. People grope around in spiritual darkness seeking to find hope, security, significance and peace. They try all manner of ways to get these things, but none ever works.
And all along, God is not far from them. He is ever-present and near to us. There is a God to find, and He is near to us. He has revealed Himself in creation and more clearly in His son Jesus Christ. The way to find God is to believe the message of the gospel. God came to us in human form. Jesus is the only way to Him. Unless the eyes of our hearts opened, we are blinded to Him (II Corinthians 4:5,6). Mankind does not seek God because of this blindness (Romans 3:11). Paul preached Christ to these Athenians in hope that they eyes would be opened and they would find God.
Lord Jesus, my heart aches for those who are groping around in darkness trying to find meaning and hope. Use me today to tell those You bring in my path about the good news of Your Son Jesus.
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