“ And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.” (Acts 17:26)
In the Apostle Paul’s message at the Areopagus, he first told the Athenians that God was the true creator of the universe. That God was the one who made the world and everything in it. Therefore, God is greater than His creation. He is Lord and sovereign ruler of the earth. He cannot be contained, nor does He live, in man-made temples.
Secondly, God not only created the universe but also sustains it. The One, True God who made all things, gives His creation everything it needs. He does not need anything from us, but we need everything from Him. He provides life and breath and everything else.
Thirdly, God not only created and sustains the universe, He also governs it. It was easy for the Athenians to be unaware of this truth in light of their rich democratic, philosophical and artistic culture. It is easy for today’s culture to forget this as well. America is dominated by political leaders who pursue power at all costs and who ignore God who has called them to serve, not swagger, in government (Romans 13).
God has created man, and from that one man has established every nation of mankind. Notice, God has made every nation. There are no governments independent of, or from, God’s sovereign authority. This was true historically and remains so even to this day.
God not only has created all nations, (past, present and future), but has also determined their lifespan and their borders. It would have been interesting for the Greeks to hear this because I’m sure they thought their great conqueror, Alexander the Great, was responsible for Greece’s victories in the third century B.C. and not God!
We must never forget that God has created all nations: their existence, their duration and their demise. This truth remains so and includes the United States of America. May America remember its origin, repent of its sin and return to the God of the Bible.
Soli deo Gloria!