In Acts 17, we are taught an amazing truth, and it is this:
God designed us and designed our lives so that we would have opportunity to find Him.
Acts 17:27 tells us that God marks out our appointed times in history, and that He does this so that we may seek after God and perhaps feel our way toward Him and find Him -- even though He is not far from any one of us.
In some ways, it may be as if God has set out your life, perhaps like a maze with a series of openings and dead ends. The purpose of your life's maze is to ultimately guide you to finding Him. At times, you may find yourself in a dead end of the maze, and you may decide to just give up and camp out in that dead end. That is your choice. But God always leaves an opportunity for you to find Him; and if you truly seek Him, He will guide you to Himself.
Often, he puts people in your life to start sharing His word.
He also orchestrates events in our lives to cause us to "feel our way toward Him."
God uses difficult times to help us recognize that we need Him. When we find Him, we find something far greater than what we would have ever planned for ourselves.
When you stray from the path of God's will for your life, you may eventually remember some words that you read or that someone spoke to you. You may even remember a verse from the Bible. Or someone may share a word of truth with you.
Then those words stir something in your spirit, in your heart.
In Hebrews, chapter 4, we are told this: "The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword. It penetrates even to...the soul and spirit...It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
There is certainly something different about His word -- these words in Scripture! These words are so different from our words. The words of scripture will slice right through your attitudes, like a knife, like a two-edged sword, and will get right to the core of your being, to your inner spirit -- the part of you that connects with God.
They are Living Words. Words that are God-breathed.
It is because we have the word of God, in Scripture, that we are even able to come to know God, to know what He is like, to know His promises, to know that we can depend on Him.
There truly is something indescribable about His word.
This is why it is written in the book of Romans, "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes."
The most powerful thing we can do for our spiritual lives is to read the words of the Bible.
The words explain the power of the salvation.
The words contain the power of salvation when they are believed.
The words go straight to the soul.
Help is found in the pages of scripture, help that comes from God (Psalms 121:2).
The words of God are not only truth to be studied, they are words worth living. They are living, active, and piercing words! .
"God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us."
- Acts 17:27 (NIV)
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
- Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
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