God is not Far From Anyone

“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. Acts 17:27-18

“God is not far from any of us.” I love that. That would include people who get wasted and high on weekends. That would include atheists. That includes people in India and Africa who have never heard about Him.

“For in Him we all live and move and exist.”

So many times we think we need to bring God to people. I don’t know if you have discovered this, but I have discovered that God is already working in people’s lives and it is our job is to help them see what He is doing and point them to Him. What an awesome thing that He allows us to work with Him in helping others find Him.

I’ve heard it said that if you’ll look back on your life, you’ll see God entwined all throughout it.

Do you remember your journey to finding God? Do you remember when you realized that God is real? The questions He answered? The people He sent your way? The service you attended? The message you heard?

We need to recognize that God loves people more than we do. He loves people so much that He died for us. He loved us so much He sent people our way to talk to us. He had a pastor preach that sermon on that Sunday you went to church. He had that friend invite you to church. He had that person answer questions you have always been asking. He showed up in your life when you reached out to Him.

II Peter 3:9  says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

God doesn’t want anyone to not know Him. He wants everyone to come to repentance. Our job is simply to show people how much God loves them and is already heavily involved in their life if they’ll just be willing to open their eyes.

Erwin McManus said, “It’s not that hard to bring people to Jesus when you tell them a story that they can find themselves in.” Let’s help the people around us find God by showing them that He isn’t far from any of them. In fact, He has known all of  us since before we were born, He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He knows exactly what needs to happen for us to find Him.

Thoughts?

 

 

 

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