Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said: “You Athenians, I see that in every respect you are very religious. For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines, I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’ What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you. Acts 17:22-23
Now that’s surprising.
People in Athens were religious yet they follow an unknown God. They were faithful in their church services. They were in presence in every religious activity. They faithfully prayed. They expectantly worshiped. They reliably followed. They have in their hearts a passion for serving one another. They were religious. However, Paul discovers they have do all these things for and to an Unknown God. They prayed to an unknown God. They worshiped an unknown God. They followed an unknown God.
Is that really surprising?
We find ourselves in those situations at times. We maybe faithful and religious. We seem to know God yet we do not know Him. We know He has provided in the past, now that there is a present great need, we slide and make His giving unknown to us. We learn from our experience God works out all things on our behalf, now that there is an imminent concern, we give up what we know about God’s faithfulness. We received God’s grace in our struggles of yesteryear’s, now that there are other mountains to climb, instead of expecting of what God will do this time, our hearts and minds magnify the mountains. We forget. We don’t remember. We suffer amnesia. We pluck the delete button. A God whom we know becomes unknown.
Let’s follow Paul’s path in Athens to know an unknown God. Walk around your life. Look carefully in your heart, mind, family and lifestyle. Discover uncovered parts of your being. Proclaim a known God.