Text: Romans 1:18-21
Theme: We have no excuse for not knowing God.
Key verses: “But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 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…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…”
What God said to me: Dwayne, here you sit in your new home in your new office overlooking your new view. Can you not see how I have blessed you with all of this? In the same way people should recognize that only I could create the beauty and mystery of nature and space around and above them. Only a great and merciful God would place his creation of people and animals in a world where they can grow and thrive and multiply. If someone doesn’t know, that is not ultimately my fault or the fault of others–it is that person’s responsibility to seek out the truth and to acknowledge that there is a true and loving God. I will meet them in their searching. I will not ignore or abandon them when they seek for me with all of their heart–no matter where they may be in this great big world. It’s not too big for me to find them and save them. Everyone should know and worship me, but not everyone does. You go tell everyone you can about my love and salvation and hope. That is your responsibility and privilege, to be on mission with me to this lost and dying world. But in the end, it will be on each individual to stand before me and give an account of whether they knew and followed me.
What I said to God: Holy Lord, You are my all in all. You are my Savior, Lord and Friend. I can do nothing without You. I know that I too am without excuse. You have blessed me and my family far beyond what we could hope or think. Please help me not take Your blessings for granted. Thank You for this day that You have made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.