God of the Universe
Acts 17:24-28 (NIV)
24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
There has been thousands of years of tradition and worship of various ‘gods’ in different temples, altars and churches. Paul was in Athens at the time and he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. There were many objects of worship, including an altar with an inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Paul set the record straight and made it clear that there is only one true God of the universe who made the world and everything in it.
God does not need anything and does not need an to serve Him. God is fully in control and establishes boundaries and does put eternity in the hearts of man so that they could seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him. God is not unapproachable, but does make Himself available to those who are sincerely seeking him out with their heart, mind and soul. God makes Himself available because He loves us and wants us know that we are not alone in this world. We can reach out to him in times of emptiness, loneliness, depression, or in times of joy and victory.