We live in a whole-lot-of-nothing society, don’t we? Truly there are too many choices out there, too many considerations, too many possibilities – which leaves us thinking in the midst of all the excesses that something’s missing, there’s gotta’ be something else out there that’s better.
I love the story of Paul standing in the midst of the Areopagus of Athens. He’d been brought there by some philosophers who asked of him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?” (Acts 17:19) The Scripture goes on to tell us “all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.” (v.21) Sound familiar? Paul’s response is classic, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.” (v.22-23) Paul goes on to tell them about that something better out there – the one true God.
You see, what the Athenians were looking for was right under their noses the whole time; they just needed someone to come along and point it out to them. How often is that true of us? How many times have you lost your glasses only to discover that they were sitting on top of your head the whole time? Oh, the irony of the “religious” folks of Athens maintaining an altar to a god they did not even know, only to be told that there was an unknown God out there who “determined… that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.” (v.26-27)
May the Lord open our eyes today to the things that are right under our noses… those unseen blessings that pop out in front of us, giving us a glimpse of true hope. In the midst of our whole-lot-of-nothing world filled with endless choices of nothing to wear, nothing to watch and nothing to eat, may we see something of greater worth – a true diamond in the rough. Ultimately, may the Lord reveal himself and the gracious and loving Gift of His Son, Jesus Christ to each of us. “He is actually not far from each one of us.” How true!
Then that old hymn rings so very true:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.