How many times do we take things for granted in a day? A week? A month? A year?
Humans tend to forget about gravity because we don’t see it. We ‘expect’ good health–until our health fails. We expect the sun to rise in the east and set in the west. After all, that is the way it has always been. We base our lives on certain matters due to our anticipation that things will go on the way they always have.
It is only when something jolts us out of the ‘norm’ that we find ourselves lost and afraid. For some people, that is the time that they pray.
There is an old saying: “There are no athiests in foxholes.”
I’m not sure that is true, but I get the point.
When scared, frightened, worried, or faced with what seems to be an insurmountable problem, people tend to suddenly stop and ask God for help. We see this even today. After a big world event, such as a disaster or some horrible fire or earthquake, there is a quick rush to allow cameras to show people praying or gathering for prayer. Officials suddenly trot out Biblical phrases or run to a sanctuary (where they may often not be found at any other time) to show a sense of grief.
I guess that is better than nothing…but it is extremely disappointing for even those who claim they believe in nothing give way to a ‘sort of belief’ as we see here in this Scripture in Acts. Here is Paul passing through a place where people believe in many gods.
Being Paul, he sees this as the perfect place to begin preaching on Christ and his passionate proclamation challenges us today.
Acts 17: 22-29-Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
Giveth to all life.
Made of one blood all nations
Determined the time and boundaries of our habitation
From Him we have come.
Would we put this God in some sort of stone? In a golden form?
This God who knows no boundary but created time and space cannot be brought so low.
God is not to be taken for granted for the simple matter that He is God. There is no other like Him.
Many take Him for granted. When they meet Him face-to-face, however, they will have no choice but to kneel. There will be no second chance at that point.
For those of us who have communion with Him, let us pause and rethink how we come to God. We should be talking to Him throughout our day…not just in times of trouble or danger.
Praise Him for His goodness. Praise Him in laughter and joy. Praise Him in sorrow and torment.
Praise God for He is God and through our redeemer Jesus Christ we have but a glimpse of his power and glory…