Saturday 6 August, 2016

Acts 17:22-34

22 Then Paul stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus. He said, “People of Athens! I see that you are very religious in every way. 23 As I walked around, I looked carefully at the things you worship. I even found an altar with to an unknown god written on it. So you don’t know what you are worshiping. Now I am going to tell you about this ‘unknown god.’ 24 “He is the God who made the world. He also made everything in it. He is the Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn’t live in temples built by human hands. 25 He is not served by human hands. He doesn’t need anything. Instead, he himself gives life and breath to all people. He also gives them everything else they have. 26 From one man he made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And he decided exactly where they should live. 27 God did this so that people would seek him. And perhaps they would reach out for him and find him. They would find him even though he is not far from any of us. 28 ‘In him we live and move and exist.’ As some of your own poets have also said, ‘We are his children.’ 29 “Yes, we are God’s children. So we shouldn’t think that God is made out of gold or silver or stone. He isn’t a statue planned and made by clever people. 30 In the past, God didn’t judge people for what they didn’t know. But now he commands all people everywhere to turn away from their sins. 31 He has set a day when he will judge the world fairly. He has appointed a man to be its judge. God has proved this to everyone by raising that man from the dead.” 32 They heard Paul talk about the dead being raised. Some of them made fun of this idea. But others said, “We want to hear you speak about this again.” 33 So Paul left the meeting of the Areopagus. 34 Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed in Jesus. Dionysius was one of them. He was a member of the Areopagus. A woman named Damaris also became a believer. And so did some others.

The bible tells us that God has placed an innate knowledge in the heart of every human being to know of His existence. The people here in Athens knew there is a God and wanted to worship Him, but didn’t really know who He is, so Paul took the opportunity to explain a bit about God. Some sneered, but some joined him and believed.

We can be fooled into thinking that the people of today mostly don’t believe there is a God. Sometimes it can seem like this, however the bible (an personal experience) tells us that this is not the case.

It’s good to be reminded that eternity is set in the hearts of every human, and that creation daily pours forth speech about our God. People know in their hearts there is a God, but of course, many don’t really know who He is and what He is like.

Like Paul, we can look for opportunities to talk about who God is. Let’s be careful not to assume that people don’t want to know or hear about God. Sometimes it’s just a short sentence here and there in our everyday conversation with friends and colleagues that makes mention of God and reminds us all that He is exists and He can be known.

My prayer is that this day, and every day I’ll have opportunities to talk about our wonderful God.

Written by Shelley Witt

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