Finding Our Way

The Areopagus as seen from the Acropolis – modern day

“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, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’;* as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’*

(Acts 17:25–27 ESV)

Oh wow.  There is so much in this verse.  Paul is on the Aeropagus in Athens which was the main hangout for the religious and ruling class of Athens.  He had an opportunity to speak to a highly influential group so his words had to have meaning and power.

In this place where there were statues of gods and other deities that the city worshipped Paul saw something which told him exactly where these people where.  The wanted to cover all of the religious bases.  They wanted to find something, like all of us, on which to base their lives.

Paul understood this.  So he explained his God in the most simple way.

1. God made everything : “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth”

2. He is in control of everyones life : “having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place”

3. He goal is to point people to himself : “that they should seek God”

4. He desires for everyone to seek him : “in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him”

5. He is waiting and ready for your to find him : “Yet he is actually not far from each one of us”

Isn’t that simple and clear?  He followed these words up with a very clear definition of being a true follower of God, ‘In him we live and move and have our being’

So at this most amazing opportunity to share his God with a huge influential group in a huge influential location he said these words and then gave the simplest definition.  Because of who the true God is, because of what he has done, and because he is waiting for us to seek him by living, moving and having our being in him!

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