And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, (Acts 17:26, 27 ESV)
Here we find Paul describing our natural bent toward religion. We are made to seek out God to worship. Our sinful nature has blinded us from seeing the true God, however, and led us to lift up all kinds of false gods – gods of our own design, gods fashioned in our image – to worship. As you consider the pantheon of Greek and Roman gods you find gods that are just that, gods with human frailties and egos. Today, our culture imagines a god who judges with a balance, measuring your good against your bad. The definition of good and bad is continually changing. So the inclination to worship God is there. However, logic should tell us that a god of our own imagination is no god at all. And yet, we don’t connect the dots. Thankfully, God seeks us out and grants us repentance and faith to believe in Him as He is, presented to us in Jesus Christ. Now we have hope!
Lord, thank you for saving me from my imagined god and opening my eyes to see and heart to receive Jesus!