And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined the allotted period and 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, for “In him we live and move and having our being”; as even some of your own poets have said, “For we are indeed his offspring.” Acts 17: 26-28
There is something about this time of year that makes us slow down and take stock of who we are. Perhaps it is the weather, for the snow, fog and wind certainly give us more “downtime” to think about our lives. Or maybe it is all of those “year in review” articles in the paper and compilations on tv that get to ruminating slowly over what has gone by and what is to come.
Yet no matter if it is the natural season or the cycles imposed by humans, God has a way of slowing us down and having us do a little spiritual status check every now and then. So, while we are making our resolutions, organizing our 2020 calendars, and balancing the end of the year books, let us take time to take stock of our hearts.
Are we seeking God and feeling our way toward Him so that we can find Him? For scripture clearly tells us that He is not far from us. As His children, we must strive to grow ever closer to Him. So, while we are signing up for that new gym, stocking up on healthy foods and taking control of our clutter, let us remember to make finding God a part of our New Year as well. Sign up for new small group; stock up on a new devotional; take control of the clutter in your heart. For in taking the time to do something new for God, we will grow ever closer to Him.