Scripture: Romans 1:18-32
Observation: Paul tells us that we’re all accountable to God – we can all see what he has made, we can witness his eternal power and his divine nature. We have “no excuse” not to know God. But, when we begin to ignore him or come up with foolish ideas of what he is like, then sin takes over. This sin is destructive and degrading, leading to lives full of pride, boastfulness, and disobedience to the God who loves us and saves us.
Application: You know those moments after you wake up after an especially vivid dream, sleepy and completely unable to separate your dream from reality? You start to question everything and are left asking yourself, “Wait, did that really happen in real life?” Is my husband really out to get me? Did I really break down crying in front of that person I barely know? Did I actually see that old boyfriend from high school at my work? (Yes, all of those things have happened to me. I have really normal, somewhat boring dreams.)
Let’s just say you’re still in your groggy state, and you start making decisions based out of what happened in your dream. (This is all hypothetical, of course…) You avoid your husband, afraid he’s really out to get you. You apologize to the person you barely know who you allegedly cried in front of. You contact your old high school boyfriend. (Never a good idea. As Elsa would say, LET IT GO.) Yikes.
None of that would make any sense because you know it didn’t really happen. Sometimes, it takes you a few minutes to fully wake up and realize it was all a dream, and suddenly you’re just grasping at snapshots of the dream in your head and can’t really put it together at all. It wasn’t real. Your mind tried to trick you, to fool you into thinking something happened that really didn’t at all.
Our minds fool us a lot.
Paul tells us the same thing happens to people who don’t trust fully in God. Look at verse 21:
“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.”
(And if you really want to feel challenged today, keep reading through the next few verses as Paul unveils what this foolishness leads to. Do you wanna have an open chat here about which of those sins you’re guilty of? Not really? Mmkkay good, I don’t either. But, it's important: so, read through, soak it in, ask for forgiveness, and then tell a friend and bring it out into the light. It’ll feel hard and weird and challenging – and as freeing as can be.)
I pray you know God today. And if you know God, then I pray you know who he really is, so you’ll never be fooled into thinking he’s something he’s not. God is good. God is gracious. God is so many things, including:
- Faithful (Deuteronomy 7:9) – When you’re out of options, he’s still there, faithfully loving you, cheering you on, and showering you with grace and second chances.
- Great and Mighty (Deuteronomy 10:17) – When you feel powerless, remember that you can do anything through his power.
- Knowledge (1 Samuel 2:3) – When you don’t know what to do, lean on your God who truly is knowledge itself.
- Provider (Genesis 22:15) – When you need provision, whether it’s financial, relational, emotional, or spiritual, he’s got it covered.
- Healer (Exodus 15:26) – When you need healing, God is the great physician, who can heal every wound and every scar.
- Always There (Ezekiel 48:35) – When you’re filled with doubt, know that God will never leave you.
How do you need God today? Bookmark this page, and come back to it when you need God the most. Pray to God knowing he is the God of healing, of provision, of faithfulness, of so much more. Call on his name with thanks and worship, and then ask him to be for you what he already is.
God is for you, my friend.
Believing anything else is simply foolish.
Prayer: God, I call on your name today. I pray I won’t allow myself to be fooled into thinking anything about you that isn’t true – I ask you to show me your faithfulness, your power and might, your knowledge, your provision, your healing power, your eternal loyalty to me. I trust in you and in you alone.