We are lost without God

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:28

Back in New Jersey, our church was part of a coalition of churches that provided shelter for the homeless during the harsh winter months. One evening I met a young man from Eastern Europe who had been living on the street for a long time. I asked him how did he end up homeless on the streets of Elizabeth, New Jersey? He told me about his life story and his struggles to find employment. He wanted to go back to his country, but due to lack of money, he could not. In the end, he said he felt lost and could not find his way back home.

Many people feel lost for one reason or another. Some of these individuals struggle with drug and alcohol addiction as they struggle to cope with their existential crisis. Many young people battle depression because they feel lost. Some people commit suicide because they are not able to cope with their gnawing sense of feeling lost.

We are all lost without God. It is God who orders our steps, so we do not get lost (Psalm 37:23). At times life can feel like a maze. It does not take much for us to get lost or feel lost. But God gave us his Holy Spirit as our GPS to guide and lead us, so we do not get lost.

In today’s text, Paul is quoting the Cilician Stoic philosopher Aratus to make his point to the Athenians in the Areopagus that there is only one God. That God is the one who sustains all of creation and is the source of all things. Paul was challenging them to rethink about their understanding of God so they can forsake their pagan beliefs and get to know the only one and true God.

During my early prayer call this morning, one of the brothers said he doesn’t know how some people make it day by day without God. I told him that they don’t know either. Unfortunately, some people have been lost for so long they don’t even know that they are lost.

Back in 2004, a friend and I were traveling to Cary, North Carolina to visit before deciding if we should move or not. We did not have GPS in our car or phones at that time. Therefore, we relied on Mapquest to get us to our destination. Along the way, we took the wrong exit and got lost. We traveled through rural Virginia for four hours before finding our way back to I95.

Throughout those four hours of confusion, we tried our best to get back on track. But because we were not familiar with the area, we made matters worse when we tried to get back on track without asking for help. Finally, we stopped at a Gas station and asked people for direction. And it did not take long afterward for us to get back on track.

Many people are trying to find their way through life on their own. They don’t want to stop and ask God for direction. Therefore, they are worsening their situation and making life more painful than it should be. Only God knows the plan he has for us. He alone fashioned the trajectory of our lives. Without him, we will continue to go through life frustrated and perplexed.

God sent Jesus Christ to help us find our way back to him. On this Easter Tuesday, I want to encourage us all to get connected with God and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. God did not create us just to survive. We were created to thrive. The only way we can thrive in this world of darkness and confusion is by the power of the Living God who gave us the Holy Spirit as our enabler and comforter. 

Prayer- Heavenly Father, please help the lost to find their way back to you. Help those who know you to remain connected to your Holy Spirit, so we do not get lost in this world of darkness.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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