S - Acts 17
. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[b] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[c]
O- This is Pauls testimony to the people in Athens, who had many statues and temples to various Gods. Inspired by the Holy Spirit Paul realizes these are people who do believe in the concept of a god , but they have a more cold detached feeling of who this God is. So he began to describe the one true God, who created man, in His own image, and therefore he is not like a rock or statue, but He even came in the man Jesus and was with us, died for our sins and was resurrected from the dead. He also explains God is not some far away God, but one that is near and available through Jesus Christ.
A - The application for me is to acknowledge the wisdom of Paul to share the message of Jesus in such a way that the people he was speaking to could relate. And how special and warm he shows our relationship with him can be, i.e. he is our spiritual Father, in heaven, who cares for us, and all we need to do is reach out to him. For me I must remember to find relateable but real ways to describe who our God is , in ways that brings knowledge and hope to those that don't know him.
P - Dear heavenly father, thank you for your word and your spirit, they both call me and remind me who you are and who I am in Christ. Thank you for being approachable and warm, and thank you for your grace when I am not the best son. I pray Lord that you would fill me with your spirit to deliver your love and hope to those you put in front of me. In Jesus name I pray.