“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law. Galatians 4:4(ESV)”
Where can we go to find God? How do we know that He exists? In 1961, Soviet Air Forces cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space. A few months after this momentous event, the Premier of the Soviet Union gave a speech, and in speaking about atheism, he said, “Gagarin flew into space, but didn’t see any god there.” His statement raised an excellent question, “If God does exist, where we can go to find him?”
A Christian author by the name of C.S. Lewis responded to this statement with an interesting illustration. He gave the example of an author writing a story with the main character, and for his case, he used Shakespeare writing about Hamlet. As the author, Shakespeare has created the world that Hamlet lives in. But then the question is asked, “If Hamlet wants to find Shakespeare, how would he do so?”
The short answer is, there is nothing the character Hamlet could do to find or get to know the author, Shakespeare. The only way they could meet is if Shakespeare took the initiative and wrote himself into the story, thereby allowing Hamlet to meet him and get to know him.
According to the Bible, God is the One who created our entire universe. So following the analogy, there’s nowhere we could go to find God if He did not want to “be found”. Thankfully, however, that’s not the case. Galatians 4:4 tells us that, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,” Which means, God essentially wrote Himself into the story of humanity; He became one of us so that we could see who He is. So if you want to find God, Jesus is the key.
Today you are encouraged to set aside some time to reflect on the story of Jesus. Read about Him in the Gospels; take note of how he treats people with compassion. Analyse how He speaks to them in love because it is the same compassion and love God has in His heart for you today, and it’s the same compassion and love He wants you to show to others.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to become one of us; to show us in the flesh who You are. Thank you for the reminder today that when we have questions about your character, we can look to Jesus for the answers. Amen