Google+ 11/29/30 There is Simply No Excuse for Not Knowing Who God Is!

Romans 1:20-22

 

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky.

Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature.

So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks.

And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like.

As a result, their minds became dark and confused.

Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.

 

In part eleven of our twelve-part devotion entitled, "Thanks Forever!" we listen in as Paul talks to the Romans.  Saul had great affection for the Romans.  After all, they employed him often!  When Saul became Paul, his love for the Romans became a burden on his heart for their conversion to Jesus.  Paul knew how to speak to the Roman people effectively.  In this passage of Scripture, he is conveying the wrath of God, beginning in verse 18.  Paul basically tells the Romans that since the world has been created, everyone has seen who God is.  They look at the earth and sky every day.  Because we can all see the visible qualities of our invisible God, Paul tells us we have no excuse for not knowing God.  I have really found this to be true in my life today.  Walking through God's tangible miracles makes it simple for me to appreciate all the qualities of God that I can't visibly see.  The complexity of God becomes a great deal simpler when we can see Him through His creation and works.  Paul tells us that rather than worshipping God and giving Him thanks, the people made up foolish ideas of who God was.  Because this also happens to us, we become dark and confused.  Finally, we utterly show ourselves to be foolish in all we do and how we treat others, particularly God.  I want all of us to stop and read what I just wrote carefully.  Most often churches and Christians don't accept these unfortunate facts that the apostle Paul is explaining.  As Paul's ministry expands and he plants numerous churches, he continues to explain that none of us will receive a "get out of jail free card" based on ignorance.  Because we claim we don't know, is no excuse.  If we fail to read the Scripture, follow it, and pray, God does not ignore our willful disobedience.  We must listen carefully to Paul today.  Unfortunately, most of the Roman population did not, and ultimately they were destroyed.  Arguably, the largest "civilized" population on earth ceased to exist.  How could that be possible?  Paul tells us.  "There is Simply No Excuse for Not Knowing Who God Is!"