Doesn’t it feel like everyone is looking for something these days? I don’t mean looking for something you misplaced, like your glasses. I’m talking about the relentless search for the missing piece of information that will confirm or deny the prevailing narrative and bring relief to whatever is causing unease.

Unsurprisingly, the top search topics in 2021 were anything to do with the coronavirus but, setting that massive topic aside, according to Google statistics, two of the top search topics revolved around weather and the question, “what to watch.”

Now, I’m old enough to recall watching tv on a black and white picture tube set with 5 or 6 channels to choose from so the idea of searching “what to watch” seems a little over the top. On the other hand, isn’t it indicative of the paralysis of choice people are faced with today? There’s so much to choose from that it becomes harder to choose.

The verse quoted from Acts 17 comes in the middle of a fascinating exchange between the Apostle Paul and a group of learned men in the city of Athens. Paul chose to engage with these men who loved to discuss the “latest ideas”, not condemn them for their ignorance. Rather, he pointed out to them that their search for truth had an answer.

A few verses later in verse 25, Paul says to the crowd gathered, “…he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” In other words, God is the source of all life. Not only life as in our earthly existence but life as in a purpose for living.

Do you find yourself in a state of unease these days, living as if no one has the answers for your longings? Look to Jesus. He will satisfy you in ways that nothing else can.

God, I pray that I would stop searching for fulfillment or contentment in things that don’t bring life. Help me to find my joy in you.

Throughout This Day: Whenever you have free time, choose to spend it with your Father.

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