21 Nov Decided – 11/21/20
Acts 17:24-31 – “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 all 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 toward 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. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.””
I can’t help but read Acts 17:24-31 in the context of the Lord’s response to Habakkuk’s first complaint.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” (Acts 17:24-25)
“Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” (Habakkuk 1:5)
This is an evident depiction of God’s love for us. He doesn’t need us. But He chose us. Paul describes God as both transcendent and immanent; sovereign Creator and sustainer of all things, thus needing absolutely nothing from us. But He wants His creation to know Him personally, caring for us as His offspring. And the Lord’s response to Habakkuk’s anguish is decided. Without waver, our God assures: “I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe.” This truth extends far past Habakkuk. Our God cannot be confined to our comprehension. Our God cannot be confined to what we choose to believe about our future. Our knowledge is limited; His wisdom is infinite.
Lord, I pray that we can surrender our current season to you. More so, I pray we can surrender our future seasons to you. It’s easier to surrender what we can see, but it is far more difficult to surrender our unknown. Please, Lord, let us rest assured that your plan is so much greater than anything we could ever do on our own. And with this knowledge, let us completely depend on you.