Romans 1:18–25 (ESV)
God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible
attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give
thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish 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 and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served
the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Verse 18 has a simple formula: ungodliness + unrighteousness = wrath of God.
While we lost the image of God through the fall of Adam and Eve, we still have enough of the image of God to know that killing and stealing are wrong. If one wants to act ungodly and unrighteous, they know that there are consequences. And so, “they
are without excuse.” Believing and knowing God in this day and age is considered negative and of low education. Well, I’m certainly not of low education, and there is a good chance that you are not either. But is it wrong if you believe
in God??? No! In fact, I count such faith as a sign of intelligence, even though the world doesn’t. In fact, verse 22 states: “22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling
mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”
I think it is interesting that Solomon, the smartest guy in the world at that time, tried everything and turned away from God... who gave him his
wisdom. After he tried everything, he came back to his senses and realized that the only thing that really matters is God! The world today is busy at turning away from God.
I pray: O Lord,
this world is walking away from you. Help me to proclaim your will to others and to hold firm in my faith that you gave me. Forgive me when I fall and encourage me to keep going. Amen.