Tuesday, October 2
THE GUILT OF THE GENTILE WORLD
18 For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, 19 since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made. As a result, people are without excuse. 21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became worthless, and their senseless hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.
24 Therefore God delivered them over in the desires of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served what has been created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.
What we’re reading here is that people in Rome were doing the same exact things that people in our culture are doing thousands of years later. We’re constantly exchanging the truth of who God is, who he says we are, and what he says about the world for lies that are constantly influencing us. Ultimately what Paul is pointing to is the issue of idolatry. In Rome, they were quite literally fashioning idols and worshipping them, but just because our idols aren’t statues doesn’t mean they aren’t there. It doesn’t even mean they aren’t physical. For many, if not most of us, our idols are other people. If they aren’t other people, they are other things that God Himself created. Here Paul is challenging us to place God in His proper position in our lives. That position should be above all things He created. We, as his creation, so often look to other created things for fulfillment. Paul is suggesting here that the answer look to the creator rather than the created. When you look to the creator, you get freed up to enjoy the created things in the ways they were actual intended. Not in the broken ways we so often do.
What created things are you unfairly looking to for fulfillment? How can God be more properly put in the position of First, Lord, and Master?
Father help me see that you are kind and that everything good in life is a gift from You. Help me stop making created things the object of my worship and instead worship the Creator of all things.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.