“In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28) – This is what Paul says to us about ourselves and the Lord.
There is, here, an echo of the words of Ecclesiastes 3:11 – “God has planted eternity in the human heart.”
God is speaking to our hearts. He’s calling out to us. He’s calling us back to himself. He’s calling us to seek him – and find him.
Where does our seeking and finding the Lord come from? It comes from his seeking and finding us.
He puts eternity in our hearts. We begin to search for him. Our searching for him is a response to his searching for us.
As we search for him, he directs our attention away from ourselves to our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We are led to Christ. When we find Christ, we receive eternal life – “the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
What is it that makes us seek for God? What is it that leads us to find him? It’s the Spirit of the Lord, working in our hearts: “No one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world’s spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us” (1 Corinthians 2:11-12).