In Acts 17:24, the apostle Paul is standing on Mars Hill in Athens, Greece, and he is speaking to the Greeks who have hundreds of gods. They have so many gods they can’t keep up with them all. They built a little shrine or a temple or a monument to each one of the gods. Paul is saying, “You guys just don’t get it, do you?” Standing atop Mars Hill, speaking to the Greeks with all their gods, shrines, temples and monuments all around, he says this, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of Heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.” Paul is saying, “Guys, you got it all wrong. The one God, the true God, He doesn’t live in your little temples, your little shrines, He is bigger than that.”
God is so much bigger than anything we could create with our human hands. We can’t put God in a box. He’s bigger than that. God is infinite, and we have these little finite minds, and we just can’t comprehend God. There are some things about God that we just don’t understand, and that is okay because if I understood everything about God, then that would mean I would be as smart as God, and the world would be in pretty bad shape if God was not any smarter than I am. I’m thankful there are some things about God that transcend my understanding.
God is bigger than we can fathom, but God is closer than we realize. Paul goes on to say to the Athenians in verse 27, “God did this so men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” Notice the phrase not far from each one of us. God is bigger than we can imagine, but God is closer than most realize. Theologians call this God’s eminence. God is transcendent beyond anything we can comprehend, He is so big, but yet, God is eminent. That is, He is a personal God, He is close to us.
I know many people who know about God. They kind of stand on the sidelines, and they look at God, and they see Him working in the world. They see His creation, and they would say, “I believe in God. I believe in Jesus,” but yet, they have never really experienced Him. They know Him in their head, but they have never experienced Him in their heart. They have never really experienced God in their lives, in their families; they don’t know Him in a personal way. God is a personal God who wants a personal relationship with you.
I want to spend the rest of my life getting to know God, experiencing Him in my life, taking those next steps, to know Him and to follow Him. In what ways are you getting to know God and experience Him more?