Tuesday 12 May, 2020

Acts 17:22-34

22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[a] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[b] 29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” 32 When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” 33 At that, Paul left the Council. 34 Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of 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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