Norm Miller—Searching for Answers?
Man searches in vain, but finds nothing to help him, other than to see an infinite emptiness that can only be filled by One who is infinite and unchanging. In other words, it can only be filled by God Himself.
If you’ve been searching for some answers, we recommend you read through the following excerpts from Search Ministries booklet, “The Search.”
What’s the problem?
Many people seek to fill that God-shaped emptiness with pleasure, prosperity, or power, anything but God, and yet the emptiness remains.
Because finite things can never fill an infinite emptiness. The search for fulfillment in life must begin with God. Did you know that there is a God who searches for us?
- The God who searches is a God of love. His desire is to have a loving relationship with us. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
- However, the God who searches is also a God of perfection. His absolute moral perfection is the standard upon which the relationship is based.
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48
Imagine you have a glass of cold, refreshing water. Just before you put the glass to your lips you are told that a small drop of cyanide has been added to the water. However, since it is such a small amount of cyanide, you needn’t worry. What harm can such a small amount of poison do to a full glass of cool, clear water?
But you know that no matter how small the dose of poison, it contaminates the whole glass of water. In the same way, God cannot allow even a small amount of sin into heaven lest it contaminate the entire place.
God, in the person of Jesus Christ, took the initiative in searching for us.
- God substituted Christ’s perfection for our imperfection through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18
- God satisfied both His love and perfection, thereby making a relationship with Him possible.
“In this is love, not that we love God, but that He loves us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (satisfactory payment) for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
You can accept Him right now, just like I did, by repeating this prayer and making it the commitment of your heart. Just pray...
“Dear God, I want freedom from the slavery of my sin. I believe Jesus is the Truth, and I accept Him now as my Lord and Savior. I ask you for forgiveness of my sins, because He paid for them for me. Please give me the power to live a life pleasing to You. Thank you for this gift of new and eternal life in Christ! In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
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