"Longing for God"
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” Titus 2:11
If we were made by God, then we should expect to find something within us that longs to be connected to Him.
Every moment we breathe in a world made by God and sovereignly ruled by God exhibits and demonstrates His grace to each person. Every moment that passes where judgment does not fall on a society unresponsive to Him, unsurrendered to Him or in rebellion against Him is a demonstration of His grace.
Scripture reminds us that it rains on the just and the unjust. God relentlessly continues to lavish creation with His grace, and He is constant in His giving of grace that we might come to Him. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” [2 Peter 3:9].
The world is restless, spiritually hungry to know God. God put eternity into the heart of man [Ecclesiastes 3:11] so that in our longing and confusion we will seek Him. God has put something within us that longs for more than this life. God has prepared something for us beyond the short years of our life here. And He has put within us a longing for that future. There is something that is built into each of us. A deep-seated feeling and restlessness that there must be more than just this life.
Jesus said to His disciples, “Lift up your eyes and see that the harvest is ripe and plentiful” [Matthew 9:35-38]. He wasn’t speaking about agrarian matters, but rather that people are spiritually hungry and long to hear about God’s love and grace. The problem was—and is—that not enough laborers are willing to recognize that hearts will remain restless until they find their rest in God.
The church’s work is to point people to Jesus. The restless are ready to hear the Good News about God’s amazing grace!
Much love and care,
Greece Assembly of God
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