Acts 17:16 Distressed

“While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.” Acts 17:16

Paul had left Berea for Athens. He stayed there waiting for Silas and Timothy to arrive. While he waited there he had a chance to see the city. The one thing he noticed was all of the idols located everywhere. This distressed him a lot.

Paul was provoked to a righteous anger. It disturbed him greatly at having to see all the idols located everywhere. He was provoked to anger about the idols.

Christians have to walk through towns and cities today that are not really any different from what Paul was walking through in Athens. The main difference is that in Athens the people actually called the idols their gods. Today people do not call their idols “gods”, they just worship them by giving their whole life to the “idols”.

People will spend all their money, time and energy to have these idols today. These idols can be jobs, money, houses, cars, beauty, fame, looks, friends, or most anything else. These things are their gods because they give their lives to them.

Many Christians will also fall into doing the same things. They look to things and positions more than to the God who gave it all.

Any thing that gets more time, money and thought than God is an idol. As a believer in Jesus you must get rid of all idols in your life.

As you walk through your town or city do you really see the idols that are all around you? What does it do to your heart? It should break your heart to see people living for these false gods. You should be reaching out to the people as Paul did to point them to the real God.

It is easy to put blinders on and ignore the idols around you, but is that what Jesus would do? You are to be a witness of Jesus to the world. If you ignore the idols, you are choosing to not be that witness.

Choose today to get rid of all idols in your life. Choose today to point people to Jesus.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the idols worshipped around you; that you will see any idols in your own life; that God will strengthen you to get rid of idols in your life; that God will guide you to be a witness to the world about Jesus; and that many will be drawn to Jesus through you.

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