People Try to Limit God

Acts 17:26-27 says, “And [God] made from one man [Adam] every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him.”  God had borne patiently with unbelieving nations for hundreds and hundreds of years, as they felt around for Him, only able to make up false gods instead.

But Paul continues, “Yet He is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In Him we live and move and have our being’ [He’s probably quoting Epimenides of Crete, talking incorrectly about Jupiter]; and even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring’ [also about Jupiter]” (v28).  His point was that they were feeling around for God and getting half-truths.

He goes on, “Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.”  Well, when you put it that way, Paul, it does seem kind of silly.  Why would we think of the Creator as some created idol?  Isaiah wrote, “To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with Him?  An idol!  A craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and casts for it silver chains” (Isaiah 40:18-19).

What are some ways that people try to limit God today?  Some say that He isn’t totally sovereign, relying on our actions to perform His.  Others think He’s only at church or in heaven. We are God’s offspring.  Far be it from us to think that He is limited in any way.

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