THE GREAT QUEST
You started on the Great Quest the moment you were born. It was may many years perhaps before you realized it, before it became apparent that you were constantly searching,searching for something you never had, searching for something that was more important than anything in life. Sometimes you have tried to forget about it. Sometimes you have attempted to lose yourself in other things so there could be time and thought for nothing but the business at hand. Sometimes you may even have felt that you were freed from the need to go on seeking this nameless thing. At moments you have almost been able to dismiss the quest completely. But always you have been caught up in it again-always you have had to come back to your search.
AT THE LONELIEST MOMENTS
At the loneliest moments in your life you have looked at other men and women and wondered if they too were seeking-seeking something they couldn’t describe but knew they wanted and needed. Some of them seemed so much happier and less burdened than you. Some of them seemed to have found fulfillment in marriage and family living. Others went off to achieve fame and wealth in other parts of the world. Still others stayed at home and prospered, and looking at them you may have thought: “These people are not on the Great Quest. These people have found their way. They knew what they wanted and have been able to grasp it. It is only I who travel this path that leads to nowhere. It is only I who go asking, seeking, stumbling along this dark and despairing road that has no guideposts.”
But you are not alone. All mankind is traveling with you, for all mankind is on this same quest. All humanity is seeking the answer to the confusion, the moral sickness, the spiritual emptiness that oppresses the world. All mankind is crying out for guidance, for comfort, for peace.
We are told that we live the ‘age of anxiety’. Historians point out that there have been few times in all of history when man has been subject to so much fear and uncertainty. All the familiar props have been swept away. We talk of peace but have been confronted by war. We devise elaborate schemes for security but have not found it. We grasp at every passing straw and even as we clutch it, it disappears.
RUNNING LIKE FRIGHTENED CHILDREN
For generations we have been running like frightened children, up first one blind alley and then another. Each time we have told ourselves: “This path is the right one, this one will take us where we want to go.” But each time we have been wrong.
….These three facts constitute the true story of man: his past is filled with sin; his present is overflowing with sorrow; and the certainty of death; and the certainty of death faces him in the future.
The Bible says, “It is appointed unto men once to die,” and to the average person this seems a stark and hopeless situation. Hundreds of philosophies and scores of religions have been invented by men in their efforts to circumvent the Word of God. Modern philosophers and psychologists are still trying to make it appear that there is some way out other than the path of Jesus. But man has tried them all and none of them leads anywhere, but down.
(from the book, Peace with God by Billy Graham).
PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU
The Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John, chapter 14, verse 27, says this: “Peace I leave with you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” The apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans in chapter 5, verse 1, says this: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” The Lord Jesus Christ brings peace to our troubled lives. Do you know Him in a real and personal way?