All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. Acts 17:21
Paul walks the impressive city streets of Athens. He examines the countless structures to all manner of gods. Athens prides itself on its intellectual prowess. The city is full of brilliant men and scholars. And yet they keep constructing more temples, looking to more gods than they can count, and even establishing a place of worship for “the unknown god.” They know there is something there, but they just don’t know what it is. All their knowledge still leaves them unsatisfied.
Today we have even more access to information. Knowledge abounds. But wisdom is scarce. Like the Athenians, we too seek to fill that hole. We gain knowledge. We acquire more stuff. We try the next new thing. We follow the latest formula. But we remain unsatisfied. These aren’t the things that will fill that place within us.
Paul addresses the Athenian seekers. He basically says, “Hey, you know that unknown god over there…you worship him, but you don’t know him. I KNOW HIM. Let me tell you about Him.”
God created us to know Him and to give Him glory. This desire is planted within each of us. It cries out within us regardless of our current beliefs. It pursues us. There is contentment, peace, and joy -- even in the hard -- that is found in knowing Him. But instead, we search everywhere else to fill that God-sized place within us.
Sin separates us from the one who created us and the only fit for that place within us. We search and search for ways to fill it. Some temporarily do an average job at it, but the gaps of not being a perfect fit grow wider and wider with time, leaving us just as unfulfilled and often in a worse state. Jesus came to remove that separation. Through Jesus, we can KNOW God. The perfect and only fit for that seeking hole within us.
Questions: What things have you, or do you currently, try to fill that void you feel in your life with instead of God? How is it that we have access to so much knowledge, but still lack wisdom as to what truly satisfies us?
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