So Far and Yet So Close

In Daily Devotional by Bayne Leong

Theme of the Week: Zombieland

Bible Verse: “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us” Acts 17:26-27, ESV

Scripture Reading: Acts 17:22-31

“I think you’re in my seat,” said the woman to the man in the window seat. They both checked their boarding passes, and they had the identical seat number. Perplexed, they looked around for a flight attendant when I interjected, “Maybe one of you is on the wrong flight?” The man realized he indeed somehow got on the wrong plane and hurried off to catch his flight.

Are many people like this man, going about their lives, blissfully unaware of their predicament?

In Acts 17, the apostle Paul was distressed to see how prevalent idol worship was among the Athenians. They had gone so far off the rails that they worshipped innumerable idols except for the one true God himself.

Paul respectfully told them about the great Creator who sovereignly gave humans life and determined when and where they would live. The goal was for people to seek and know the Lord wherever he had placed them. God was calling everyone to repent through Jesus, and Paul made it personal by adding that God is “not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27).

Nothing has changed for us today. God still wants people to know him through Jesus. But as we saw from the devotionals last week, we live in a fallen world. We’ve plummeted so far from the communion that Adam and Eve enjoyed with God in the Garden, that people deny God’s existence and scoff at those who suggest otherwise.

People go through their daily motions – like zombies, if you will – oblivious to their Creator who calls them to a close relationship with him. People are lost and dead in their sins and don’t even realize it. They don’t have the answer because they don’t even know the question.

We’re called to be like Paul, whose life goal was to know the Lord (Philippians 3:8). We’re further called to be like the apostle to care enough to humbly point the lost toward the One who gives life.


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Bayne Leong
Bayne grew up in a non-Christian home and was saved as an adult by Jesus at 2:00 AM one early morning. He is married to Vivian, and they are blessed with two sons and a daughter. Bayne works at Promise Keepers Canada | Impactus as the Director of Finance & Administration.
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Bayne Leong
Bayne grew up in a non-Christian home and was saved as an adult by Jesus at 2:00 AM one early morning. He is married to Vivian, and they are blessed with two sons and a daughter. Bayne works at Promise Keepers Canada | Impactus as the Director of Finance & Administration.