Friday, June 23, 2017

Acts 17:22-34

Acts 17:22-34
English Standard Version (ESV)

  The Cincinnati Bengals, it would seem, are wired to lose playoff games.  It's a yearly tradition, if they're fortunate enough to even make it to the playoffs.  Their identity, at this point, seems shaped by their failure on the big stage.
  Some people are wired to be happy.  No matter what, they look at the world through a positive lens, always upbeat no matter how fiercely the storms of life may rage.  Some companies seem wired to be great places to work, while others might be less so.
  Humans, Paul is saying, are wired to worship God.  There is something inside of us that recognizes that we are not our own Creator, that there is a greater force at work in the universe, that we are loved beyond measure by a God who intends for us to live an abundant and gracious life.  The world is not as it should be, and there is a God at work to restore things to the way they should be.
  We don't always get the worship of God right.  I'd go so far as to say we rarely do, but prophets and preachers alike do their part to redirect our worship away from false gods and back to the one true God.  We go to church and read the Bible and gather together in an attempt to direct our hearts to worship God and our lives to rejoice in the Savior who loves us more than we can ever ask or imagine.

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