Acts 17:26-27 (HCSB) – “From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”
This portion of Paul’s address to the citizens of Athens offers them insight about the meaning of their existence. In other words, he answers one of the biggest and most important questions which we all ask at one point or another during our lives…
Why do we exist?
So, why do we exist? We exist so that we all “might seek God.” That’s the simple answer to this very big question. The fact of the matter is, God has “determined” each of our “appointed times and the boundaries of where” we all “live,” so that “perhaps” we individually “might reach out and find Him.” That is how much God cares about everyone and this is possible because, “…He is not far from each one of us.”
James encouraged the same idea…
James 4:8 (HCSB) – “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”
Unless one understands this beautiful truth, one will never have the answer to the question: “Why do we exist?”
Here is what Paul later encouraged to those in Rome (which would not be possible if God was not already within earshot of everyone)…
Romans 10:8-13 (HCSB) – “This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. Now the Scripture says, ‘everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame,’ for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”
Godspeed, to the brethren!
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