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Time And Space

Time And Space

10 February 2010

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 13-14; Acts 17

Scripture:

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines 25 or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. 26 Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living 27 so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near.” (Acts 17:24-27 MSG)

Plenty of Time and Space for Living

This excerpt from Paul’s speech at the Areopagus in Athens spoke directly to me this morning! He was speaking to the Greek residents of Athens and to the tourists who came from all over the world to experience the culture of this great city. He had been stirred by the obvious spirituality of the Athenians and the great number of shrines they had for the pantheon of Greek gods. Paul told them of the God they didn’t know, the Unknown God they had a shrine for, the creator of the universe and the giver of life.

Paul said that God made the world and everything in it. God created us humans and made the earth hospitable with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after him and find him! He is waiting, not hiding, and is near, not far away.

In a too-full life, with not enough time and space for really living, our relationships with God and others don’t flourish. If we don’t allow time and space for really living, we can end up like the Athenians, with little shrines all over the place for the gods of career, ministry, sports, entertainment, possessions, achievement. We can end up with a tiny little shrine off in a corner of our lives for the God who created us, who loves us, who longs for us to seek him and find him.

How’s your time and space for seeking God?

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for a fresh season of life with plenty of time and space for living, so I can seek you and find you in a new dimension of relationship. Thanks for waiting so patiently nearby while I busied myself with the work of the Lord. May I find you more each day. May I share my new-found joy in knowing you as Abba, Father. Amen.

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