By Michael Gilbert
February 25, 2007
“Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
All People Can Know God Exists
Our God is reasonable. In fact, He demands that mankind be reasonable. Time and again, God calls upon mankind to use common sense.
He pleaded with Israel to “Come now, and let us reason together…” (Is. 1:18). Again, the message is clear, “Produce your cause…bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob” (Is. 41:21).
According to our text (Acts 14:17), Paul used a logical argument to turn the people of Lystra from the vanity of idolatry. Paul knew that God provided them evidence for His existence via the creation. In fact, all men can view the creation and know that God exists (Ps. 19:1-6). Paul expected the citizens of Lystra to leave idols and serve God because of this evidence. Truly, “He left not Himself without witness…” (Acts 14:17).
Provides For Our Physical Needs
The fact that our physical needs continue to be met is enough evidence to prove the existence of God.
Mankind’s daily necessities are a gift from God, for it is God that has prepared the earth for our use. He made the earth, and He knows how to cause it to bring forth our food. Praise God, our Provider!