Good Morning September 18

Yesterday I ended my message by writing, “if we (lose our ability to be quiet and think), we also lose our ability to draw near to our Lord and find our strength in Him.” God is not just out there somewhere, a power we call on occasionally when we are in need. God is a rational person who desire that we learn to know Him. When Paul was speaking to the philosophers in Athens he said that God created mankind “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) This is an amazing truth that is stated throughout our Scriptures. Our sins have made a separation between us, but that has not changed God’s desire for us to know and draw near to Him. He has perfectly revealed Himself to us in Jesus Christ, who once said to Philip, “anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”(John 14:9) God has come to us in Jesus. He has done everything necessary for us to know and have a relationship with Him, but He will not force Himself on us. He invites us to come, to read His Word, to become quiet before Him, to think, and to pray. All of our questions and doubts will not be answered in this life, but we will learn that we are a part of a real Person who loves us deeply. We will find, as Paul told the Athenians, “in him we live and move and have our being.”(vs.28)