Acts 17:24-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
Paul was waiting for the disciples during his second missionary journey in the city of Athens. The Holy Spirit moved within him when he “saw the city was given to idols”. So he began preaching. Many men heard him and were interested, because it says the people of Athens loved nothing more than gossip.
He acknowledged them as religious, because he saw many temples and idols, always being worshiped. He even saw one altar with the inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Paul explains this God they didn’t know was the One True God above all gods.
God Who Made This World
Two nights ago my wife and I were talking about the Greek Pantheon a little bit. She recalled the scene from Disney’s Hercules (we’re Disney geeks) where Zeus is overcome by the Titans. She made the statement, “what kind of god are you? You don’t even make your own lightning, but have to have Hephaestus forge it for you.”
I find that very appropriate now as I read the above passage in my reading this morning. What kind of god are you? I know about our God, the only God. With a word, he made the universe. This is God. Not some immortal yet vincible being that is confined to a mountain, temple, or altar. But the God who created everything and owns everything. The Psalm I started my reading with today says He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. (Psalm 50:10) Everything is His, because He made it.
This is important, because often times I hear people ask, “Why would the God of the Universe love and care for me?” I’ve heard deacons, elders and even pastors say, “I don’t know.” Well here is your answer, because He created us. He formed our innermost parts, He knew us in our mother’s womb. If you make something and pour your heart into it, and then if you were to make it IN YOUR OWN IMAGE, you will care about it.
As Though He Needed Anything
This was a theme in my daily reading today, Psalm 50 was the first part of my reading, and in verse 12, the psalmist writes, spoken by the LORD,
Today’s challenge is this: Take a moment and give Him praise. Praise Him and acknowledge His power. Everything you have belongs to Him, you are just a steward. When you can think of “your belongings” as just being temporarily entrusted to you by its real owner, then serving and glorifying Him is easy.