Herein lies a great division. On the one side, if we have humanistic tendencies we will be comfortable simply saying, I want a new idea or the opportunity for a creative expression at work. The philosophy of humanism will wrap it up tightly that this is the thing that has “improved” the human race over eons to become the animal we are today. This can ultimately be described as seeking everything but God.
On the other side of this divide would be an acknowledgment of this seeking system but the firm belief that it was planted in us by God, therefore instead of avoiding God - we look to seek everything through God! From this perspective we may see the same discovery as the humanist, but we see the God behind it and the God of it.
For instance, the deeper into the vast expanse of our universe we go or more we understand how the brain works we can either be impressed with our “brand new discovery” or we can be in awe of the Creator God that made us and knows our name. Wouldn’t it really be something if we could know God! Virtually everyone would agree with the previous statement regardless of their philosophical or religious perspective.
The reason for that bent is we were made to find our peace and our place in God Almighty. This is the truth whether we believe it or not. In Acts 17 Paul visits Athens and connects to the locals at their starting point; not where he thinks the starting point should be. Paul sees all their idols and he correctly identifies that they are seeking but not finding. He respectfully and humbly enters their context.
22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
This Sunday we will be considering the fact that we are invited by our God to walk with people as they seek. They may be seeking with a “know it all attitude” or through fear or through a million other perspectives, but we ultimately have what they need in the message of Jesus. We can follow in Paul’s footsteps to be ready when the moment arises that they seek “the Unknown God” that we know. One other important component of this connection to others is to be honest enough to admit that even though we know God, we definitely do not know everything about God nor everything about the way He does things.
But we do know what matters most. Our God loves us and wants us to rest in living as His beloved children through grace and truth. What an adventure!
Seeking through God,