Days to Pentecost 21, May 11, 2020 - Coram Deo
In Acts 17:22, Paul was talking to the people who think they are very religious after walking around and looked carefully at their objects of worship,
“You are ignorant of the very thing you worship and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.”
This is what the people who think they are religious or spiritual. Sometimes, I think I am spiritual because I read the Word of God everyday and pray to God every moment. But, what Paul said to the people of Athens is what I need to listen again and again and remember again and again.
“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. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 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. 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. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ “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. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 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.”
What stroke me in this passage is “God does not live in temples built by human hands.” God is everywhere. God is omnipresent. He is every where at the same time because He is Spirit (John 4:24, Jeremiah 23:24)
Jeremiah 23:24 (NIV)
24 Who can hide in secret places
so that I cannot see them?”
declares the Lord.
“Do not I fill heaven and earth?”
declares the Lord.
I dedicate myself to the Lord to live before the Lord no matter who is before me.
Father God, Thank you for leading me to recognize You are Spirit who is always with me. Help and guide me to live always before You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.