Acts 17:16-34; Judges 7-8; Job 37
The attacks had gotten so bad that Paul was hustled off to Athens. Silas and Timothy stayed behind in Berea, but Paul wanted them back together as soon as possible. As he walked around Athens, his spirit was moved. “Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.” (Acts 17:16) Everywhere that Paul looked he saw shrines to various idols. There was a false god on every street corner and just in case they had missed any, the Athenians had an altar to the unknown god. Our society is one that worships many gods. Oh, we don’t believe in a pantheon of gods like the Greeks did, but we still worship them. Our gods appear to us in movies or TV. They show up in sports arenas. They’re parked in front of our temples. They come in plastic, paper or metal. Most of us who claim to follow Christ not only aren’t provoked by this worship of false gods, we engage in it. Our call is to be salt and light to a tasteless and dark generation, but we don’t have time because we are too busy seeking the benefits of these false gods. It’s time to repent, as Paul called the Athenians to do, and get back to God. It’s time to tell God that there is no one like Him and mold our lives by His word. We are freed from the worship of the gods of this world by the blood of Jesus Christ who cleanses us from all unrighteousness. We can’t let the standards of this world set our own standards. We must follow Jesus every step of the way.
Lord God, Isaiah proclaimed himself to be a sinner in the midst of a sinful people. I confess the same thing with him today. I have become comfortable in this world of sin, tolerating what you call intolerable. Give me a sense of the purity you deserve. Let my life reflect your purity, your grace and your love.