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An Unknown God

“For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you” (Acts 17:23). 

On what is commonly called Mars Hill, properly known as the Areopagus, Paul spoke to the philosophers of Athens to convince them that the unknown God worshiped by Athenians was actually the true God. This unknown God is only known by few in the world. This is not because God has hidden himself from them, but because people have sought God in the wrong places, and in the wrong ways. Paul said that people worship in ignorance while thinking they know the true God. Today, people have distorted ideas of God, and are ignorant of His will and His ways. 

Even the Samaritans, who were part Jewish, worshiped God in ignorance says Jesus (Jn. 4:22). Although they believed the first five books of the Old Testament, they rejected the rest of the Old Testament. Similarly, I have known some who believed in following only the Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament.  I enjoy going to places like Home Town Buffet. I get to choose whatever I want to eat, and even how much I want. And I also get to choose what I don’t want to eat! Some people’s Christianity is like eating at a buffet. They pick and choose what they want to follow, and feel good about their choices. They don’t worry about the things they leave out. 

The parable of the blind men and the elephant teaches a similar lesson. If six blind men were allowed to touch a different part of the elephant, their description of the elephant would be partly right but still mistaken.  They may even fight because of their ignorance, and false assumptions. Many people’s understanding of God is much like these men in this parable. Just as the Samaritans got an inadequate view of God’s will from looking only at a portion of Scripture, we must look at all the verses where a subject is discussed. 

God will not accept us because we are following what we want, and it is self-deceptive if we believe God will tolerant such arrogance, and self interest. We must believe it all. We must not worship God in ignorance. 

Hymn: “Holy Bible, Book Divine” 

Holy Father, give us a hunger to know Your will and the strength to follow it. May we seek to please You rather than to please ourselves. 

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA (



“[A]nd they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets” (Matt 14:20).

“And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full” (Matt 15:37). 

Jesus fed multitudes at least twice during His ministry. Once he fed over five thousand; on another occasion, he fed over four thousand. Each time, as the verses above tell us, the disciples saved the left overs. Thanksgiving is a wonderful feast of gratitude for all our blessings. We usually prepare so much food that we eat leftovers for several days. Often, those who eat their meal earlier, have leftovers that evening. Here in American, people in general, discard more food than most people in the world have to eat. We ought to be extremely thankful, and it should overflow into helping those who are less fortunate. And we usually do a good job.


To be Blessed

“Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written therein: for the time is at hand” (Revelation 1:3). 

This week families will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It is a time of togetherness, feasting, visiting, and hopefully, love. Some send cards wishing their family and friends blessings. I received a card with the word “blessed” on its front Vine’s says the word “blessed” used in Revelation can mean “the nature of that which is the highest good.” It is found seven times in Revelation. In each of these passages, God is telling Christians to do something that will benefit them in eternity. The passages in Revelation are likened to the beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew 5. 

Every Thanksgiving we stop to count our many blessings, especially our material gifts from God. Let us also ponder our many spiritual blessings found in Christ, the things God has given us that count for the highest good. God has always wanted His people to thank Him for His blessings. The prophet Isaiah says, “And in that day you will say, ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted'” (12:4). Paul says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17). 

May we give thanks to God always, not just on Thanksgiving Day. 

Hymn: “Give Thanks” 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You have given us so many blessings that we can’t count them. May we never cease to give You thanks. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Donna Wittlif, Denver, Colorado