Scripture Reading: Acts 17:22-28
“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.” (Acts 17:24,25)
Our passage today is an excerpt from Paul’s address to the philosophers on Mars Hill in Athens. It is a brilliant sermon directed to a pagan, highly intellectual, but lost people. Notice what Paul says about the self-sufficiency of our God.
First of all, Paul pointed out that God is the Creator, the Maker of heaven and earth. We know that God created ex nihilo (out of nothing). Nothing but the triune God existed until He spoke and brought all things into being.
Second, this Creator God is the Lord and King over His creation. He sovereignly controls all things. Once He created, He continues to sustain His creation. He is Lord of heaven and earth. He is the God of providence who rules and over-rules all that takes place.
Third, God is omnipresent. “He does not live in temples made by man.” He is here with me and He is everywhere else at the same time. No one can flee from His presence (Psalm 139:7-10). No matter where we are, “Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me” (Psalm 139:10). God is not limited by space or time.
Fourth, God is self-sufficient. He does not need us nor does He need our help — “Nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything since He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” God does not need us, but He does delight in us. We have nothing to add to God for He is fully satisfied and self -sufficient in His very being. Yet He created us and allows us to have intimate fellowship with Him.
Lord God, You are indeed the Creator and Sustainer of all things. You are My sovereign Lord and King, ruler of all nature and mankind. You, O God, are ever-present. Never will I be away from Your presence and watchful eye. I know that You are not in need of anything. Yet, I desire to give You my all as a response of gratitude and praise for who You are and for all You have done.
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