21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks.
It’s been 3 weeks since I got out a post from Romans, mostly because I had a lot of other posts in my head, and these verses were harder to think of as devotions right away, but actually they’re really important.
If you need a refresher, the last verse was about how God’s glory is manifest in creation. Deep inside everyone’s heart, they know God exists, but they refuse him.
Paul continues on by saying that though they knew God, they refused him, didn’t worship him, and didn’t even give him thanks.
Let’s focus on those last 5 words. Or even give Him thanks. KJV puts it as “neither were [they] thankful” (they inserted for clarity).
God views thankfullness as a big deal. He had Paul include that phrase “or even give him thanks” (that is, if Paul spoke modern English).
Now let’s ask some questions.
Why am I alive? Why are you alive? How do we live? How are we eternally secure? How do we know the King of the Universe like a friend or a father, a perfect friend, or a perfect father. I had better capitalize Friend and Father. How is it that that those who belive in this Friend can live with Him in the best, most perfect, most amazing, most awesome place?
It’s the right answer to every question at Sunday School: Jesus.
God created us. God sent His Son. Through His Son’s brutal death on a cross (the word excruciating actually references the kind of pain experienced on a cross), we can be with God, we are loved, chosen, accepted; we are His.
“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!” ― Martin Luther