For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. (Romans 1:20-25)
… but their thinking became futile. Useless. Impotent. And their foolish hearts darkened.
They exchanged the Truth: He is God, Creator, Almighty, All knowing. All powerful – and we are not.
… for the Lie: Look at how amazing we are; we don’t need God. We can do this life thing on our own… “He didn’t really say…”
As a teacher you get tired of excuses. You hear them all – from the “My dog ate my homework (Yes, I have heard that one!) to the most common, “I didn’t know what I was supposed to do.” (And this after a morning of instruction, half an hour of discussing directions, modeling, question answering, and doing some together to send home as examples… Geesh.)
There are days I find myself (internally) saying, “Stop! Use your eyes! Think! Don’t come whining to me in the morning. And if you do, don’t point fingers anywhere except at yourself…THERE IS NO EXCUSE.”
And then I realize, in the everyday busy-ness of life, how many fingers point back my own way. How many times have I neither glorified God, or given thanks to Him. How many times I’ve hurried on in a false sense of self-importance and haven’t stopped – stopped– and just acknowledged the bigger picture, the greater Good. How many times I’ve allowed the ‘excuse’ of busy-ness to make futile my thoughts, and darken my own needy heart.
God’s mercies are new every. single. morning. His creation is a beacon of eternal power. His daily bread a gift – a GIFT – each and every day. How easy to take for granted. How easy to forget…
…Seeing without thinking. Knowing without coming to the Truth. Thinking without thanking.
I need to remember my manners and send out that heaven bound thank you card – signed, sealed and delivered with the stamp of my life.
Today –this day- there will be no excuse.
Every moment of this day, Lord… remind me of your greatness, and my great need.