March 4th, 2017
Acts 17:16 (KJB) Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
Living a Christian life and actively preaching about God to others is not a life of ease and luxury. It can be heart rending and downright spiritually brutal at times.
The Bible tells us that Paul was stirred in his heart as he walked through the city of Athens. He was moved to great spiritual angst in his heart because of the rampant sin and evil openly at work in the hearts of many in the city of Athens.
I think many professing Christians can relate to this verse simple but profound verse as they walk through this life in their own “city of Athens”:
Walking through a major city or even a small town and seeing drug paraphernalia strewn out carelessly along the sidewalk.
Or hearing of another person committing suicide.
Deep sadness at the number of abortions performed each day throughout this land.
Babies and young children abandoned and left for dead.
Marriages and families falling apart.
The reliance upon Astrology and other Soothsaying and human rituals.
The many faces of idolatry are endless and relentless in this world. Worshipping the god of self and relying upon self-will rather than personally knowing following the will of God.
It is dark hearts openly ignoring the eternal presence and power of God.
Idolatry takes on many faces in this world but it unravels doen to a choice to serve the darkness of the god of this world rather than serving the light of God who eternally rules and reigns in both heaven and earth.