Todays readings.. 2 Chronicles 34, Hosea 2, Acts 16&17
Some people, and today it seems many people, prefer to remain ignorant of what matters most – that is, ignorant of the meaning of life, of its’ cause and destiny: they live for the day, the month, and at most the next year or two. We read today of the challenge that resulted when Paul explores the way of life and attitudes in Athens: the people worshipped many gods, all of them the result of human imagination.
He challengingly told them about the one real God who was “unknown” to them. He proclaimed to them, “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.” [Acts 17 v.23-27]
Getting to KNOW the one and only real God is a process; in the ultimate, it is a lifelong process! It is not to be compared to going to a college or University to learn the things needed for a career.
We must realize that being intellectually aware of God is only a foundation! “Knowing” God is an experience developed in the way we live our lives in serving him, we “should seek God.”
Paul tells the Athenians “for in him we live and move and have our being” [v.28]. We are “God’s offspring” [v.29] as God’s word shows and as his Son taught, “from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.” [Mark 10 v.6]