Monday, July 3 – Acts 17:16

Jul 2, 2023

Now while Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he observed that the city was full of idols.


Every day includes opportunity for observation. We can observe the weather, other people, and many other items and activities around us. Sometimes these observations only help us pass the time, but other times they tell us important information about the world around us. Observing the clouds may indicate we need to grab an umbrella; seeing a person standing alone at church may indicate a first-time visitor; and watching may present a place for us to serve. This passage gives us insight into Paul’s observation in Athens as he waited for his companions. Instead of filling his time with activity, he made space to pause and observe. By doing so, he noticed the idol worship around him.


We often live on a mission to get to the next thing and miss opportunities for observation and response. We pull out our phones to fill any silence and miss opportunities to pause and ask what God is doing in the moment. A line in the grocery store could provide a moment to encourage a mom with her kids. Waiting in the car pickup line could give you an opportunity to pray for the next generation. The moments of waiting in our lives are not in vain; they are opportunities to pause and check in with our heavenly Father to learn what He is doing in the world around us. What could we see if we only asked?


  • How are you most prone to fill your time as you wait?
  • When have you seen God work in an ordinary moment? How might you have missed this if you weren’t paying attention?
  • Pray and ask God to help you seek Him in your moments of waiting.
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