“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you… to the nations.”
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. | Jeremiah 1:5-8
For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts.
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them up in the desires of their hearts to impurity for the dishonoring of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise! Amen…
Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done.
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and hatred.
They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful. They invent new forms of evil; they disobey their parents.
They are senseless, faithless, heartless, merciless. | Romans 1: 21-30
Tell me about ideas and theories.
Explain cultures and converse in foreign languages.
Show me everything that is wrong in the world.
And escape by removing yourself from all of it — nomadic lifestyle, traveling to ‘find oneself.’
Or pursue every novel experience — dive, swim, run, hike, climb, fly… exhilaration.
But the moment you stop, you’ll find you are right where you left off. The hole is still there. The questions, the uncertainties.
You can mask it again with your theories.
Use enough words and you sound like you have the answers.
Smile and laugh enough, and no one is the wiser.
But you know.
The emptiness remains.
“And selfish ambition Is a foolish religion
The riches of God’s mercy Is worth more than your superstition
Tell me how does a Christian begin
To develop discernment and wisdom
First we submit every symbol and sign
To the authority of the scriptures.
But I say the mark of a mature man
Is the one who reads God’s Word and understands
And allows that to govern his decisions and his prospective plans.”
It’s possible to stop searching.
The answer is not out there. The answer is not in you.
(This takes humility. But pride is foolishness. Choose wisdom.)
The answer is before you. Read again.
He’s been waiting for you to come back.
(An interim post for now.)