After purchasing my items at the local Walmart, I began walking to the exit. As I passed by the Walmart Optical, I heard a lady’s voice, “Oh hello! How are you doing?”
Startled…I turned and looked. Seeing a, roughly, 60 year old lady in a white lab coat, I replied, “I am well...” Though I had no idea who this lady really was I reciprocated the question, “How are you?”
“I am good…is it nice outside?”
“Yes…a little chilly…but nice.”
“How are the wife and kids?”
“Ummm…We are all doing well…thanks for asking.”
I could not duplicate this question because…well…I knew absolutely nothing about her!
“Tell Sarah hi for me,” she said.
“Ok, I will.”
Upon returning home, I mentioned the encounter to Sarah and asked, if or how she knew the lady.
“I have no idea who you are talking about.” She answered.
I endured similar encounters every time I walked by the Walmart Optical. After several encounters I was able to learn her name…from her name tag…but, it was one of those names that I couldn’t be sure of the pronunciation…so I continued to refrain from calling her by name.
On one of these meetings, Sarah and I were walking by the eye center and the lady stepped out and saw my very pregnant wife and practically screamed. “Oh!!! You did not tell me this!!!”
I stood there thinking one thing…“I DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU!”
But instead I said, “Oh…I didn’t?”
The conversation continued with questions about due dates and names and children and grandchildren…until we finally broke it off and walked to the car.
Sarah asked me, “Who was that?”
“I have no idea!”
“Well, she certainly seems to know you.”
She was right…she did seem to know me…at least some of the basics. Yet, did she truly know me? Did she know what I like and don’t like? Did she know the deeper parts of me…probably not.
In Acts 17, Paul has an encounter with a number of Greek philosophers and leaders. These are people who know religion. In the city of Athens at the time, there would likely have been more than 70,000 idols and statues of a variety of Greek gods…Zeus, Prometheus, Athena, Poseidon, etc… It is in this interaction that Paul points to one idol in particular. It is an idol that pays homage to the “Unknown God.”
What is striking to me is that the Greeks are worshiping a god that they do not know, but in the Bible we find a God that is “known.” In fact, He wants to be known…He has made Himself known. If that is not mind blowing enough…He then tells us…that He “knows” us. The God of the universe…can be known…has made Himself known…and knows us…intimately and personally.
We can “know” Him…and He has a name…Jesus
That is incredible! I am at a loss for words…