The gospel on the morning when it doesn’t make sense.
Acts 17: 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
Paul is preaching to 2 groups of people who are still alive today in a new generation. He has built some bridges with them both. He has found common ground. He has begun by saying the gospel has elements of what you believe: God is the Creator and God is the Sustainer of life.
Paul now moves into the difference of the gospel truth.
The Epicureans are the people who say God is far away and not involved in our lives.
The Stoics are the people who say ‘God’ whatever that might be is in everyone but we cannot change anything in life, it is all down to fate.
I wake this morning to hear of the terrible news that a terror attack has happened in an arena in Manchester, UK. It is these kind of evil events that make people believe what the Epicureans and the Stoics believed. These events are known throughout the world every day.
The gospel is needed more than ever today. The gospel messenger needs to get to the place in the presentation to say, “You are wrong.”
You are wrong if you think God is beyond reach. God is not so far away He cannot be found.
You are wrong if you think God is automatically in you. God is still out there to be sought.
In the moving film ‘Silence’, Father Rodrigues battling in the darkest night of his soul prays what we have perhaps all prayed at some point, “Lord, I fought against your silence.”
At that moment the voice of Jesus is heard, “I suffered beside you. I was never silent.”
After a short exchange Rodrigues concludes, “It was in the silence that I heard Your voice.”
Those held in the terrors of evil today can find God, He is there. He is near to them. In the screams of pain, He can be heard in the silence.
Those watching who feel helpless because of the injustice of fate, they can find a divine plan for life. It starts by seeking after God. He is there. He is waiting.
When you wake in the morning and life doesn’t make sense then the gospel truth is there speaking words of sense in a senseless world.