“So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us (Acts 17:27).”
Since 1998, astronomers at the Parkes Observatory Radio Telescope in South Wales, Australia have been mystified by irregular radio signals they were receiving. Radio telescopes are used to detect and collect radio data from space. Some, such as the late Carl Sagan, have hoped that such means will receive signals from intelligent life somewhere out in the vast universe. The recent mystery signals were the feature of a story in Astronomy Now magazine in January as many speculated about their origin. Was it related to lightning, radio bursts from black holes, or possibly a signal from alien life? Well the 17 year old mystery was resolved in May and it turns out it the phenomenon may have simply been the result of a colleague heating up his burrito for lunch. They now know the signals were coming from a microwave oven located at the site.
It is comical that men and women of science could have been stumped in this manner. There is a spiritual analogy that follows this same path, worthy of our consideration. Many are searching for purpose, meaning, and answers in life – “Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?” And in their quests to resolve these mysteries they turn to the most far flung places thinking that answers must be far off while all the while they were right in front of them.
Naaman was a highly regarded General in the Syrian army who had contracted leprosy, a death sentence in those days (2 Kings 5:1). In seeking a cure to his disease he came to Israel with great treasure seeking answers from the prophet Elisha. But he was disappointed at the answers he received; “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times (2 Kings 5:10).” He was furious but his servants reasoned, “If the prophet had told you to do something great, would not have done it (v.13)?” So Naaman obeyed the instructions and a funny thing happened – he was healed! In the end the General pledged to worship no other God but Yahweh (vv.15, 17).
Many today are like Naaman was before he obeyed – seeking some great experience to find meaning, purpose in their lives and answers to life’s mysteries. All the while they ignore the truth God has communicated through His inspired word containing all this. The Bible remains the number one best seller every year in this country yet collects dust sitting on shelves when it will be the very standard every man and woman will be measured by (John 12:48). It answers the question of our origin (Genesis 1:1, 26-27), provides us with our purpose in life (Ecclesiastes 12:13), why we are here (1 Corinthians 6:20) and where we are all going (John 5:28-29, Matthew 25:31-46).
As has been noted, man has spent much effort and treasure in seeking to find life in the heavens all the while they have missed that the source of life (John 1:3) left heaven and came to earth (Philippians 2:5-7) so that we might have everlasting life (John 14:6).
Your ticket to that heavenly place depends upon your response to that message sent from heaven to earth (John 17:8). You must receive the message (Romans 10:17). Believe the message (John 8:24). Confess that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9). Turn away from your old life and follow Him (Luke 13:3). Then be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38). Actually this once mysterious message is now made plain by the Scriptures that aren’t so far away (Romans 16:25-26). All you have to do is obey to find life out there.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).”