2 Kings 10:1-31; Acts 17:16-34; Psalms 145:1-7; Proverbs 30:15-16
NT: “The God who made the world and everything in it — he is Lord of heaven and earth — does not live in shrines made by hands. Neither is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives everyone life and breath and all things. From one man he has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’ Since, then, we are God’s offspring, we shouldn’t think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination. Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has set a day when he is going to judge the world in righteousness by the man he has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:24-31 CSB)
When Paul arrived in Athens, Greece, he was troubled at all the temples and shrines that were erected to the gods of the known world. They even had a temple dedicated to the unknown god – just in case they missed any… and they had. In their desire to know as much as the could about every new thing, they had failed to know the One True God who created everything. When the Greek philosophers desired to hear about his God, Paul jumped at the opportunity and shared this message in the middle of the Athenian Areopagus. Paul extolled the greatness of the God who made the world and everything in it. It is by God that all and any of us live and breathe and have our being. It is by His goodness, mercy, and longsuffering that we even exist… and because of His goodness, He has arranged circumstances and situations to cause us to seek Him out and find Him. God is not hiding from any of us. If anything, He desires to be found. We just have to want to find Him… and when we do, He offers us the opportunity to repent, believe on His Son the Appointed One, and survive His inevitable day of judgement by being found in the crucified and resurrected Christ.
Psalms: “I exalt you, my God the King, and bless your name forever and ever. I will bless you every day; I will praise your name forever and ever. The Lord is great and is highly praised; his greatness is unsearchable. One generation will declare your works to the next and will proclaim your mighty acts. I will speak of your splendor and glorious majesty and your wondrous works. They will proclaim the power of your awe-inspiring acts, and I will declare your greatness. They will give a testimony of your great goodness and will joyfully sing of your righteousness.” (Psalms 145:1-7 CSB)
As believers and followers of Christ… as people who have experienced, first hand, His amazing grace and goodness; part of our responsibility as faithful disciples is to proclaim God’s greatness and goodness to the next generation. This is our time to proclaim the praises of our Lord and pass down the inheritance we have received to the generations to come. This is our leg of the grand relay of history. The baton has been passed to us, as the saints that came before us cheer us on with anticipation and expectation. We can’t afford to drop the baton that has been given to us. To finish this race, we must successfully hand it of to those who will come after us. A big part of that is accomplished through praise… not praise in our hearts… but vocal declaratory praise. If we will speak of God’s splendor and majesty, they (the generation to come) will proclaim His power and give testimony to His goodness. We can’t expect the generation to come to simply learn about the lord through osmosis. We must impart our knowledge and understanding… and prove our words through our faithful actions. The Lord is great and should be highly praised… so let’s do that for the sake of all who will hear… that through our testimony, they will desire to seek the Lord and find Him, and carry on the race to the finish.