While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city. Acts 17:16 NLT
“With all of their culture and wisdom, the Greeks did not know the true God” Wiersbe
The apostle Paul entered the city of Athens not as a tourist but on a mission to share Jesus. What he saw when he arrived was troubling as the city was fully given over to idolatry. They had created a God for virtually everything. Paul however knew that their gods were just characters in stories that had no real power to change a man’s life.
An idol is anything that takes priority over God’s place in our lives. “It is the thing loved or the person loved more than God, wanted more than God, desired more than God, treasured more than God, enjoyed more than God.” Piper
If we stopped to look around at our city (Denver) what idols would we see? Would it be a city where we find a dispensary, liquor store, and gym on every corner? Are these the idols of our city? What are your idols? Your boyfriend/girlfriend, approval of others, business success, or sexual stimulation?
Paul said in Romans 1:25, “They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself…”
God’s desire is for us to turn to Him and not to idols.