Do People Yearn for God?

July 16, 2017

In Missions this is a great question. We have all heard of some remote people group whose hearts have been prepared to receive the Lord. This was true of several of the mountainous animistic peoples in Myanmar. Yet, as we examine Psalm 2, we notice the world’s real heart: Complete rebellion towards its Creator God.

“The Kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed: “Let us tear their fetters apart, and cast their cords from us!”

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul says this: “There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God.” (Romans 3:11).

Yet throughout history how do we explain false religion? Is not this evidence of man seeking God? Yes, some men do seek God, as the Athenians did (Acts 17:24-31). However without God’s divine work of the Spirit, this seeking only yields more groping in the dark and worship towards self serving and idolatrous ends (cf.: John 16:8,9; Romans 1:18ff).

Thus missions must always be done on bended knee with complete dependence upon our Triune God. We must share the gospel from our earthen cracked vessels, but we do it knowing full well only God can unlock their confused mind to understand it all. For only He can open dull and dark hearts to understand the light of the gospel of Christ.

“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (II Cor. 4:3,4).

God is the God who shines light in dark hearts to enable the veil to be lifted (cf. II Cor. 4:6). So yes, God is working in missions to open up dark hearts. It is our role to both proclaim the truth and do it on bended knee with complete reliance on His Spirit. God will draw men to Himself from every tribe, tongue and nation. This is a positive motivation for doing missions. Not only has God commanded us to do it (Matt. 28:18-20), God is at work in the world amidst rebellious men. It is our privilege to partner with our Almighty God.