Apostle Grace Lubega
Acts 17:23(KJV); For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Ancient Greece, before the birth of philosophy, lived by a mythological world view. They had gods like Zeus, Apollo, Hera and Athene among others.
To have an “unknown God” in such a society was truly a paradox in spirituality.
How did such men with centuries steeped in mythology build an altar, offer sacrifices and worship an UNKNOWN God? To answer this question, one would have to look carefully at the just criticisms of the theology of the time by the likes of Xe-nophanes.
What the Greeks had done was to create gods in the image of men resembling mortals in character and disposition, prone to pettiness and revenge. They created gods in their likeness and gave them human egos and human character attributes.
God could only be unknown to such people if He was unknown in CHARACTER and PERSONALITY.
It is a tragedy of the faith; that the Church today, though centuries away from the men at Areopagus, is still close to them in ignorance of the God they claim to worship.
Men know He exists but are far from the knowledge of His character and personality: the God of love, mercy, kindness and unending compassion.
For example, when men fall ill and our pulpits declare that it is the will of God, it is because He is worshipped yet unknown. Unknown in character, unknown in personality.
When failure follows some like a dark shadow, and our pulpits proclaim that God willed so, it is because the God worshipped is still unknown. Unknown in character and nature.
He says in Daniel 11:32 that those that know their God shall do exploits. Healing is an exploit and as such a testimony to the God we know. Success is an exploit and a testimony to the God we know. Growth is an exploit and a testimony to the God we know.
God is a good God! In Him is no shadow of turning. It is time our pulpits denounced the unknown God and gave allegiance to the Good God, the God we know!
FURTHER STUDY: Daniel 11:32, 1 Corinthians 2:10
GOLDEN NUGGET: When failure follows some like a dark shadow, and our pulpits proclaim that God willed so, it is because the God worshipped is still unknown. Unknown in character and nature.
PRAYER: My loving Father, I know You. I know what You have done and what You can do. I know Your goodness and Your everlasting kindness. I do not see You through the eyes of ignorance but the eyes of illumination because my life is a testimony of Your grace, mercy and kindness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.