“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” – Acts 17:26-27 (NIV)
One day Paul was sharing the good news about Jesus Christ with a group of influential people in Athens. Today’s passage is one of the points he made about the sovereignty of God.
If you really believe that this statement is true, then it is no accident that we are occupying planet earth at this time and that there is a purpose for us being here. That purpose is that we would come to know God and help others to know Him too. You might have been a surprise to your parents, but you were no surprise to God.
The exact place that you would live was important to God as well. If God has placed you in a city then you are part of His plan to reveal Him to that city. You will never be a strong witness for Christ in your city if you don’t believe God has a strong purpose for your being there and embrace it with passion. If you are willing to embrace this, you will do whatever it takes to make God known.
How about you? Are you passionately appreciative of the place God has placed you to live? Are you seeking to meet people and use your influence to introduce them to Christ? Do you spend your time complaining to God about all the things you don’t like about the city and people you share residence with? Ask God to forgive you for the times you have forgotten that the time and place you have been called to live are to accomplish His greater purpose of making God known.