Are you wondering where God is? Do you feel totally alone or that God is nowhere around you? Well, according to Acts 17:27, that’s just not the case.

“that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us”—Acts 17:27

If we read earlier in Acts 17, we discover that while waiting for Silas and Timothy to join him, Paul was greatly troubled to see that Athens was full of idols. He began to reason with the Athenians in their marketplace and synagogue by preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Because some people thought Paul was discussing strange ideas, they asked him to explain his Christian teachings to their high council. Paul explains that God created the world and everything in it. He is Lord of heaven and earth. God doesn’t live in man-made temples and he isn’t served by human hands, as if he needs anything. From one man God made every nationality to live over the whole earth and determined their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. THIS is what God did so we would seek him, reach out for him and find him, because he is not far from any one of us.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been struggling for a while. I’ve felt alone. It’s seemed like God is very distant from me – in fact, nowhere to be found. In my head, I know because I’m a Christian, that’s not true. He wants to be found. I know he loves me – that he created me and that I am his. I know that if I feel like he isn’t near, that doesn’t mean he isn’t. This verse states clearly – he is actually not far from each one of us. If there is a wall, it’s because I’ve put up a wall. I’ve put the distance between us. I don’t know why or exactly when or how I did, but now I am told what to do to get rid of it! Obviously, I’ve been leaning on my feelings rather than the truth. I’ve been wallowing in my circumstances – of missing mom and struggling with how to move forward in my caregiving for dad and what all that entails! I’ve let my circumstances and my feelings cloud the truth.

So, the answer is staring us in the face. It’s stated even in this verse – seek God. We need to seek God! The best ways I know how to do that are to:

  • dig into God’s Word and
  • pray

God isn’t going to knock on our door. He isn’t going to force his way into our lives. But if we knock on his door he will answer. He is waiting for us to seek him.

My prayer:

Lord – please guide and direct me in this all-important task! I even beg you, Lord, give me a deep hunger to dig into your Word. It is a privilege that I have neglected and taken for granted! PLEASE burn that desire in my heart! You have marked out my appointed time in history to do just this task at this time. Lord, direct my steps. Please show me how to use Caring Vine to minister to others as we meditate upon your Word daily. Amen.