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November 2, 2023 OUR DAILY BREAD Devotional: Topic: Everybody Worships

November 2, 2023 OUR DAILY BREAD Devotional: Topic: Everybody Worships

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Our Daily Bread Devotional for Thursday 2nd November 2023

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Today’s Topic: Everybody Worships

Bible in a Year: Jeremiah 27–29; Titus 3

Bible Verse: People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. – Acts 17:22

Today’s Scripture: Acts 17:24–32

INSIGHT – 2ND NOVEMBER 2023 OUR DAILY BREAD:

We often use Paul’s interaction with the people in Athens as a model for evangelism: know your audience and tailor your message to them. The apostle observed the religious behavior of the Athenians and demonstrated his knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures and the life and work of Jesus. But we also see that Paul’s speech was a refutation of the Athenian approach to religion. In a place where they had many idols to which they offered sacrifices of food and drink, the apostle asserts that there’s only one God, and He doesn’t live in temples and doesn’t need to be served by humans. By: J.R. Hudberg

ODB 2 NOVEMBER 2023 (THURSDAY MESSAGE)

I recently visited Athens, Greece. Walking around its ancient Agora—the marketplace where philosophers taught and Athenians worshiped—I found altars to Apollo and Zeus, all in the shadow of the Acropolis, where a statue of the goddess Athena once stood.

We may not bow to Apollo or Zeus today, but society is no less religious. “Everybody worships,” novelist David Foster Wallace said, adding this warning: “If you worship money and things . . . then you will never have enough. . . . Worship your body and beauty. . . and you will always feel ugly. . . . Worship your intellect . . . [and] you will end up feeling stupid.” Our secular age has its own gods, and they’re not benign.

“People of Athens!” Paul said while visiting the Agora, “I see that in every way you are very religious” (Acts 17:22). The apostle then described the one true God as the Creator of all (vv. 24–26) who wants to be known (v. 27) and who has revealed Himself through the resurrection of Jesus (v. 31). Unlike Apollo and Zeus, this God isn’t made by human hands. Unlike money, looks, or intelligence, worshiping Him won’t ruin us.

Our “god” is whatever we rely on to give us purpose and security. Thankfully, when every earthly god fails us, the one true God is ready to be found (v. 27). By: Sheridan Voysey

Today’s Reflection & Prayer

What other “gods” do you see society worshiping today? What do you rely on to give you purpose and security?

Father, forgive me for placing wealth, beauty, politics, or other things first. I take them off the altar of my heart and place You there instead.

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