You Don’t Have To Look Far
Posted by Melissa
Where is it?! Have you ever been looking for something that you finally realized was right there all along? Lost homework, a key, a shoe. Something was missing. You looked and looked and could not see it. Maybe you even gave up. But at some point, you found the item you’d been looking for right in front of your face. Perhaps for some, God is like that.
Read Acts 17:26-29. Check out verse 27.
What does it mean that God has determined our “appointed times” and the “boundaries” of where we live?
According to verse 27, how far is God from those who seek Him?
Though God created us all, we don’t all know Him. Why not?
Paul quoted their own poets to show them God. Which of our poets (or songwriters) could you quote to your friends to show them God?
What does verse 29 teach you about God’s divine nature?
As Paul spoke to the people of Athens, he pointed out that they had gotten something right: there is a God. Paul explained to them that there is one true God who gives us life and determines how long that life will last. More than that, Paul promised that if we seek God, we will find Him. And finding God isn’t like finding a needle in the proverbial haystack. God has made it easy for anyone to find Him. He is not far.
The truth is, we’re all looking for something. And the only something that truly fills is God. As Augustine, an early Christian theologian, once put it, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord.”
All around you, people are searching for Jesus—and they may not even know it yet. You can help them find Him because He isn’t far.
He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. —Acts 17:27
Reprinted from ec magazine. © 2010 LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Used by permission.