Acts 14: 11
“When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!”
It does not read “When the crowd heard the message of Paul …” Why?
Man has always wanted a god in human form. Hinduism and Buddhism have a word for this, ‘Avatar’. It means ‘descent of God’. It believes that every Avatar has a specific message for mankind.
However, in Greek mythology their gods most important quality was power. The god Zeus was the power of the thunderbolt and kingship and Hermes was the god of commerce who was the protector of thieves and travellers who could trick the other gods. Many more gods were worshipped because of their power.
Repeatedly throughout the year the newspapers will report of some star whether that in sport or leadership being a god. They will either praise them for being one or complain that they are acting like one. But it will be to do with their power and ability.
Man craves power. “When they had seen what Paul had done”.
We must be careful what we long to see.
Years ago I was fond of singing a worship song, ‘More love, more power, more of you in my life.’ I wasn’t too sure if I really needed more of His love but I was wanting some action for sure.
“You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god which you made for yourselves.” Amos 5:26
What gods are we in danger of making today? It is the still the same as all those years ago in the mythology. We want power. We will forget whatever the preacher has said, we will forget Truth for Power. We are more inclined to make a god of Power and not a god of Truth. We want to see not hear. We pray to our God for things to see, to move, for Him to descend and do and act and change. We are not as concerned about what we hear.
Was it a powerful church service yesterday? What does that mean? “Nothing much happened today” What does that mean?
We know what it means. We seek power.
What would you like to have: Hear an exhortation of God or see a miracle from God?
Let us be seekers of the God of Truth and not crave the power of an avatar.