The Bible reminds us in Acts 17 that God has specific geographic and time boundaries for nations. Speaking of God, “…He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things, and He made from one every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation…” (17:25,26) So nations rise and fall totally under God’s control. The next verse gives one reason why God does this: “…that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (17:27, NASB)
So God graciously gives people a specific location and identity for a certain amount of time to find Him. Then their time is up. Doors of opportunity close, and someone else occupies their space. Can any nation expect to break that pattern?
It’s one thing to live with that philosophical perspective; it’s another to try to plan for the unknown. Unfolding reality is the test of philosophy. It has to work where the “rubber meets the road”. In this case fatalism may be fatal. Fatalism makes everyone the victim of random events and denies any plan. We become helpless to understand or to take any meaningful action. Fatalism forgets God’s power, negates prayer, and sacrifices hope on the altar of ignorance. Fatalism requires no action, and requires no understanding. It is the lemming approach to life.
So how can we avoid being lemmings as history unfolds? We must respond to God’s gracious offer to have a right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ while there’s still time. Radical change can happen quickly in these dangerous times. Finding God on His terms fulfills part of our individual purpose in God’s big plan for the nations.
How does a person “find” God? This link has helped some people along their journey: https://peacewithgod.net/ Check it out. It’s mobile friendly too. It’s amazing to think that God would even care about you and me personally. Yet that is precisely the message of the gospel, or “good news”. Really, it’s great news! But even beyond that, it is amazing to think that God would have plans for you and me that go beyond our present experience, plans that go into eternity with Him! You are important. Don’t miss your part. According to Acts 17, to find God is one major reason God put you and me here now.