“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” Acts 17:24-26
It’s easy to think that the God described here, the God of the Bible, might be beyond our reach or out of our grasp.
THIS God, who created the world, who is so vast that He cannot be contained by anything made by man…..
THIS God who needs nothing from us….
THIS God who gives us all that we are and all that we have….
THIS God who reigns over all of time and space….
THIS God is within our reach.
The Bible passage above, written to the people of Thessalonica almost 2000 years ago, goes on to tell us that this God is actually not far from any of us. And, He desires that we seek and find Him.
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. “For in him we live and move and have our being.” As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring.” Acts 17:26-28
THIS God is not far from us. In fact, for a time, he lived in human flesh, among people just like us. Emmanuel (God With Us) came to live right here on earth.
THIS GOD, Emmanuel (aka Jesus) lived a perfect life. He died a painful and humiliating death. Worse than that, he experienced the wrath of God (the wrath that we deserved) as he hung on a cross. But, just when all hope seemed lost, this Jesus overcame the grave and rose from death to life. In the resurrection, he conquered death and sin. His victory opened the door for us to be called children of God if only we will turn from our sin and from ourselves and turn to Him. Then, and only then, we can rest peacefully in the grasp of THIS God.