“For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.”
There are almost as many opinions about God as there are people. Some people are certain that He exists, but that He’s not all that powerful. Others believe that He exists and that He’s all powerful. Some think He doesn’t exist. And some people think they’re God – or at least godlike.
You may think the confusion about God is a 21st-century phenomenon, but it’s really as old as time itself. It goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in an effort to “become like God.” The Apostle Paul encountered this same confusion at the Areopagus in Athens, Greece, where he found an altar that had a sign on it that said, “To an unknown god.”
Paul told them the same thing I’ll tell you today – God is far from being unknown, and has, in fact, made himself known to man from the beginning of time. Look through every Bible story and you’ll see the Lord drawing near to man, from the Garden of Eden to the burning bush to Elijah to Daniel. His final effort was complete, as He drew near through the sending of His Son, Jesus Christ, and allowing Him to be sacrificed on the cross for our sins.
God’s not foreign. He’s nearby and He’s reaching out to you. Take Him into your heart, and let Him reveal His love and His will for your life.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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