“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,” – Acts 17:26-27 ESV
We don’t like to look at most situations in life and settle on the idea we are right where we are supposed to be. Quite the opposite, we are always on the move to the next thing. Ever persuing the station of life that draws us toward it. Further forward always marching.
But here we have one of the more famous sermons, or shall we say lectures, in the New Testament and Paul makes clear to the crowd in Athens that they are right were they are supposed to be. That God determines time and stations, situations and the flow of the calendar. All on purpose. A wonderful purpose.
You are where you are so that you will seek God. The circumstances you find yourself in, good and bad, hard and maybe even devastating are unfolding so that you will seek the One that seeks you. God so desires real relationship with you that he has set you up to feel your way toward him and find him.
He is to be found. In fact Jesus, the God-man came to seek and save the lost, that’s us, his seeking meets us in the midst of life, wherever you are. Right where you are supposed to be.
This is not only for those that might “find” God for the first time, but even for those that believe in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ – that his sacrifice in your place saves you for eternity. Each situation is an invitation to seek all the more, to keep pressing toward God, to keep learning and resting in him.
How will you face today? You are right where you are supposed to be. Seek Jesus.