The Searching God
Scripture Reading — Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? Psalm 139:7 —
A native of Russia, Tatyana was an unbeliever when she moved with her husband to his native Turkey. Before long she had everything she had always wanted: a lov?ing family, two daughters, and a prosperous life. But something was missing. She felt empty inside and struggled with depression.
One evening Tatyana was tuning in to Radio Mos?cow, but instead she stumbled on the Russian broadcast of The Back to God Hour. Soon she wrote us a letter and requested a Bible, which we sent her. A few months later she wrote that she was reading her Bible and had prayed to Christ to accept and forgive her. "I still can't believe that the Lord Jesus found me, a Russian woman, in a faraway Muslim country!" she exclaimed.
In Psalm 139 we read about the searching and knowing God. His love goes far beyond geographic distances, political frontiers, and human circumstances. God knows our needs perfectly and cares about us. He sends his Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us in our journey of faith, even as we cross difficult and unfamiliar terrain.
When we feel hurt, when our situation looks bleak when we are haunted by dark, anxious thoughts, let us remember that we are not alone. Our loving and caring God is always near and is able to help. Turn to him, and he will lead you in the way everlasting!
Our searching and knowing God, please guide us on our path as we walk with you. Help us to be your faithful followers in good times and bad. In Jesus' name, Amen.