“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way towards him and find him. Yet he is actually 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 indeed his offspring.’ Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.” 17:24-29
What is God to you?
If I was asked that question my answer would be Joy. He is my complete happiness, and when my relationship with Him has been rocky it shows on my life and my mood. I become sad for no reason and down. So i’ve learned that me – Jesus = depression.
“We ought to not think that the divine is an image formed by the art and imagination of man” – This verse made me stop and think.. Now is the word or emotion ‘Joy’ made up by man? I suppose we could say that it is.. I cannot so easily wrap my head around the idea that God is so much more than what we think he is! His works in my life are so much more than something that could be described as ‘Joy,’ and today I am thankful that he pointed this out to me. If God to you is love, or safety, or maybe happiness like me. Know that he is so much more than those words!! He surpasses all and any names that we could ever call Him! Feel loved, and feel safe, and happy, but know that He can do more than the small thoughts you have in your mind and heart about Him.
“The Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” 20:23-24 & 35
These are my hopes for my life and yours: That at the end of our lives we can say that everything we did, entirely, was for His glory. I also hope that when my end comes I can speak the words that Paul spoke, “Let the will of the Lord be done.” 21:14
That is all for todays devo! I hope you are having a grand day, I love you all! Until next time 🙂