How can a person find God? What does finding God mean?
To "find God" is a phrase used by people in a variety of ways. Some people use the idea of "finding God" as a way to express they are becoming more spiritual or religious. Others use it in a more specific sense, meaning to come to faith in Jesus Christ as expressed in the Bible (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Bible speaks of finding God in many places. In John 14:6, Jesus taught, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." He taught that the only way to "find God" was to believe in Him as the way, truth, and life.
In addition, Scripture explains that no one seeks God on his or her own. Psalm 14:2-3 reveals, "The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one." It is God's sovereign work that causes a person to desire to find God. When they do, they discover that only through believing in Jesus as Lord can a person truly find God.
God rewards those who seek Him as well. Psalm 9:10 notes, "those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you." Hebrews 11:6 teaches, "without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him."
The apostle Paul observed to the people of Athens that God created humans so "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" (Acts 17:27). Every person has some kind of yearning or desire to seek God. Paul notes that He is not far away, but has revealed Himself through Jesus (Acts 17:31-32).
To "find God" a person does not need to accomplish a list of religious rules. Instead, a person finds God through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. This takes place by grace through faith, not of works so no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). Jesus is the only name by which a person can be saved (Acts 4:12) and find God, receiving forgiveness of sins, purpose and strength for this life (John 10:10), and eternal life in heaven.
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