And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find him, though He is not far from each one of us. Acts 17:26-27
I don’t know how I have every overlooked that verse before. To me that is the most amazing scripture, or one of the most amazing, that I have ever read. God has appointed us to this earth at just the right time so that we will seek Him. Not only look for Him, but FIND Him. Paul goes on to say in verse 30 that
God now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has also appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.
Repentance. That is a word you don’t hear a lot these days, or at least not in large circles. We are so quick to accept and say we love the Lord, that we have him in our heart, but do we ever cry over our sin? Do we really repent? We grope for Him, we find Him, but we also must repent of our sin. Are we even aware of what that really means? When was the last time you lay broken at the Savior’s feet weeping over the sin that has separated you from the Holy God of all Creation? Or, you might ask yourself, when have you cried over someone else’s distance from the Lord? We must, we are called to do just that.
The beauty in all of this is that God initiates it all. We are groping in the dark for something, we don’t even know what and then He turns on the light. He opens the door and the light comes pouring into our hearts and we finally see our sin for what it really is. And if we truly see our sin, then we can’t stand the sight of it and we must repent. The Light also reveals our Savior who has been standing there all along. He has not been far from us at all!
Romans 5:8-9 : For God demonstartes His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Praise God! Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord!