Life is an adventure. Like traveling down a country road, we really don't know what's ahead. It's a mystery.
Rome, Italy. A.D. 64. A man named Paul wrote a letter to some friends in the city of Colossae (in present day Turkey). It's recorded in the Scriptures, the Bible, and here's what he wrote:
"...God has chosen to make known...the mystery that
has been kept hidden for ages." Colossians 1:25,26
"...to know the mystery of God...in whom are hidden
all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
If this is true, it is an amazing thing. A mystery that has been kept hidden for ages...with all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!
How can we know this Mystery
where all the treasures of wisdom
and knowledge are hidden?
Something is missing. There's an emptiness in their souls, and
a craving for something more in their lives they can't explain. That deep- down hole in their heart still remains, along with loneliness and despair.
At its core, this is a longing to know God intimately. The famous 18th century French philosopher and physicist Blaise Pascal said, "There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man, that can only be filled by God the Creator Himself."
On the road of life, the future is unknown. We've had successes and failures in the past, and life in the present has its own share of problems and disappointments. Yet there are many crossroads still to come and choices to make.
People often seek "the good life" through their own efforts. Trying to live by the "golden rule", or devotion to a philosophy or religion, they climb the ladder in search of fulfillment and the abundant life.
For some, it's the quest for money, fame or power. For others it's the pursuit of pleasure, perhaps through alcohol, drugs, or sex. Many try to fill the void with "good deeds". In their search they fail to satisfy that longing, and the peace and happiness they so desperately seek.