January 16th 2009

In him we live and move and have our being

“God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him 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 some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring’.”
Acts 17:27-28 NIV

In revealing who the Unknown God was on Athens Hill, Paul quoted a Greek poet that may have been familiar to his audience. He wanted them to understand that divinity was not to be found in idols made of gold or silver or stone, but that the true God was in every aspect of their lives, as he is today in ours.

King David sang of this in this way: “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I
settle on the far side of the sea, even there your right hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139:7‑10).

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands” (Acts 17:24). In fact, he is the one who designed and made our hands. Through his creation he provides all that humankind needs and wants: our food, clothing, building materials, our precious jewels. He gives “life and breath and everything else” (v.25).

God has even given us the cycle of learning. We see our children as little ones to be kept safe and nurtured. We teach them right from wrong; yet in so doing, we also learn. We are taught about attitudes and character, strengths and
weaknesses.

We call on God when faced with adversities: terrible weather conditions, war and lack of food. We thank him for all the many blessings that he gives to us.

Whatever the situation is, we turn to him.

Indeed, in him we live and move and have our being. He is our all.

Prayer
Father, thank you for the great love you bestow upon us, and that in you we live
and move and have our being. Help us to use the precious gift of time to dwell
and meditate on your wonderful purpose for all mankind. In the name of our
Saviour, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Study by Mavis Whiles

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