Acts 17:22-23,”Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you.”
God. Believed by some, acknowledged by others, denied by some as well. God is still the same from the beginning of time until now. God will not change. God will not be any different. God is only unknown to those that do not want to know Him more. Let us know God more.
Paul was preaching to the people of Athens. Now the people of Athens were Greek so they believed in many gods such as Zeus, Apollo, and Athena. There would have been statues to all of these gods everywhere and Paul would have seen this in his travels. It was not that the Greeks did not have any religion; it was quite the opposite. They believed in so many gods that you would need a cheat sheet to remember them all. To be safe, in case they missed a god, they had an altar to the god that they may have missed as not to offend that god.
This provided an opportunity of a lifetime for Paul to preach about the God that the Greeks did not know. Paul was not preaching to a people who were simple. Quite the contrary, actually. The men that Paul preached to would have been the great minds of the time. They would have been lifelong scholars, philosophers, astrologers, and other intelligent men. They would have tons of knowledge stored in their minds and yet they were about to have their minds blown. They were about to learn about the “unknown god.”
God is unknown to all who do not choose to know Him. It is only through ignorance that God is unknown. This sounds harsh but it is true. Unless someone is living under a rock, God has been preached to the whole known world. This means that a decision can be made as to whether to believe God is who He says He is or He is not and He is a liar.
I am here to say that God is not a liar. God is truth and cannot lie. He is also available and approachable. He is not far off. He is not a statue that you pray to. He is not dead. He is very alive and very ready to be there for you. So you have a choice: God or gods? God or no god? It is all up to you but as the Greeks were educated that day, so you should be educated. Learn about God. Only through a studying of God will you know if He is real. Trust me, He is real and He is always there.
Thank You that You are real. You are alive and well. You are here for us whether we believe in You or not. You were there before we accepted You and You will continue to exist long after we do not. You are not unknown. You reveal Yourself to all who choose to know You. Thank You that You are active in our lives and work all things to Your honor and Your glory. Please continue to heal our unbelief daily.
In Your name we pray,