PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• In Acts 17, the Apostle Paul addressed a group of men from Athens, imploring them to embrace knowledge and not ignore the Truth. He asked them to turn from their idols to the one, true Living God. Paul declared in verse 30, “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 ESV).
The same holds true today. The evidence of a Creator surrounds us. Even David wrote about this in Psalm 19:1-4a, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (ESV).
We have the proof of God before us and any denial boils down to willful ignorance.
Let’s go back to Paul’s message. He said, “And he made from one man every nation of mankind … that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:26a-27 ESV).
I absolutely love that word picture of seeking God, even feeling our way towards Him. God has promised that any who seek Him will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). And if Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12), prior to His saving grace we are living in darkness. We may tentatively reach out our arms, feeling our way to the Light of Jesus. And once we embrace Him, His sovereignty and greatness become clear.
Just as the blind men begged Jesus to open their eyes in Matthew 20:29-34, so can we ask to be enlightened. We can shed our ignorance and understand that there is only one God who is Creator, Savior, and Redeemer.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His creation that demonstrates His greatness. Thank Him that He is willing to be found by any who seek Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and help you seek the Light of Jesus, knowing that only He has overcome the darkness of the world.