MONDAY, MARCH 8
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city. He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there.
Acts 17:16-17 (NLT)
GOD SPEAKS THROUGH OTHERS
David Hume, 18th century British philosopher, who rejected historic Christianity, once met a friend hurrying along a London street and asked where he was going. The friend said he was going to hear George Whitfield preach. Hume said, “But surely you don’t believe what Whitfield preaches do you?” To which his friend replied, “No, I don’t, but he does.”
In Acts 17, we see that Paul believed what he preached. When Paul saw the spiritual condition of Athens, he was “deeply troubled.” Paul had a genuine compassion for the people of the city because he genuinely believed they needed the gospel. And as we learned in the sermon, God used Paul to speak to the hearts of the people. When Paul was done speaking some laughed, some wanted to hear more, and some believed. God spoke through Paul and some were willing to listen.
In the sermon, Mike gave us several ways to know if what someone is saying is from God. We will review some of those specific ways later this week. Who do you think God has used to speak to you in the past? How did you know it was from God?
Thank God for sending people in your life who He has used to speak to you. Ask God to keep your heart tender to receive what He has to say to you.