The understanding of place is essential to living a simple, opulent or Christian life. Much of the anxiety, trouble and actual emotional problems in life are centered in the search for place.
People are searching for that place, that niche, where they can find safety, a true welcome, fellowship at the camaraderie level and a deep sense of belonging. Such a place is sold as part of knowing the Lord and belonging to a local church. Bartenders sell the same concept sans the religion part. The Cheers myth, where everybody knows your name, is a case in point. Communist Party Cell Groups pushed the same idea. Below the surface level, all of the above fail. Here’s why.
What we humans deeply long for is not available from another human or group of humans. As created beings we are in a fallen state and thus denied the environment for which we are created, Philippians 3:20, and thus we join a host folks mentioned in scripture who are searching as did Abraham in Hebrews 11:10, “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Abraham searched for a place. So do we, and in Christ we have a deed to a place beyond the river. The longing for place will be satisfied when we see Christ. Until then take comfort in Psalms 119:114 “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly