Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Seek the Lord while he may be found.

I have just ordered some books from Amazon that deal with the question of militant atheism personified by Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. Today I do not want to discuss "Did God make Man?" but "Why did God make Man?"

The answer is given in Paul's sermon on Mars Hill. where I stood early last year alongside the Acropolis. "God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us." Acts 17:27.

This closeness of God to us is something we neglect at our peril. We are like the ostrich who buries its head in the sand. We imagine that because we cannot see God, he cannot see us. The prophet Jeremiah tells us, "I, the Lord, search the heart and examine the mind to reward a man according to his conduct according to what his deeds deserve." Jeremiah 17:10. In Psalm 139 David tells us that we cannot hide from God. We might think that in the vast universe we would be too insignificant to be noticed. We fail to recognize that space is silent. Our sins boom like a beacon across infinities of time and space.

Is there any hope? Jeremiah also tells us, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you ... and bring you back from captivity. " Jer 29:13-14.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

im sorry i posted a note on an entry from 2005. i hope you will get it.

Deb said...

Thanks again Dr. Terry for your insights!Indeed we cannot hide from God anywhere in the universe,for he is with us always.For that I am glad!

I also enjoyed the history of the Christmas Carols!

HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR!God Bless you for taking the time to answer questions on our site.Again we appreciate you more than words can express.

God Bless,
Deb
www.cllcfriends.com

Shari said...

Dr. Hamblin, I originally came to this blog to read about CLL in a somewhat frantic pursuit of as much knowledge as I could acquire in order to deal with an unexpected diagnosis. But I so appreciate what you write about the Gospel in addition to CLL! You are doing a gracious service to those seeking information on a physical disease, but even more importantly, you are pointing souls to the Great Physician, Jesus Christ!

I appreciate you for both endeavors and just wanted to tell you!

God Bless you richly for your giving spirit!
Shari