Acts 17:16-27: (26-27) From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 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 was in Athens Greece and noticed the people were very religious for the city was filled with idols. As we look around America we too can see many idols, false gods that people look to for security. There is a plethora of religious cults in addition to Eastern religions, atheism, and many other isms. People obviously worship the almighty dollar, power, intelligence, material things and of course himself. People are naturally religious because God created us that way.
So which god is the correct one? Or are their many gods that we can legitimately worship? Paul told the Athenians about the God they did not know but sought after. It’s the God of all creation who created and designed everything in an orderly fashion and gave life to everything. So everything we see came from the hand of God. However, after creating everything he didn’t step away and allow his laws of nature to run its course. He continues to guide and sustain everything.
Notice vs. 26, from one man, Adam and Eve he populated the entire earth, but there is more. He even determined where nations would exist, and for how long. It’s no accident that China is located where it is today, or Russia where it is or the ancient Roman Empire where it ruled and for how long and who would come next. As I observe our world I wonder about the rise and fall of nations and its leaders.
What’s also interesting is why God does this. Vs. 27, he did this so mankind would recognize there must be a designer behind this great design as opposed to the Epicureans who taught everything was left to chance. If man can see and admire the great amount of design in our world he would seek the designer. There is only one designer, the God of scripture. He is the one who gave you talents and abilities to live, work and be creative.
The question is, what God are you following and placing your trust? What God do you worship? Whatever it is will determine and shape your outlook on the future and influence your life, for belief leads to behavior and behavior has consequences. Therefore, it is important to know the truth for it will set you free.