Romans 1:21-25
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. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

As I flipped to the next chapter this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to note that we are now in the book of Romans, a letter written by Paul to the believers in Rome. He wrote it to give them a concrete theological foundation on which to construct their faith and to serve God effectively. Paul is talking here about us and about how we ignore God even though God’s hand is evident in our lives. One challenge we face as humans is that we need to see and relate our worship and prayers on things we can touch and feel and this has resulted in us creating idols. What is the issue with idol worship if it helps us to focus on God?

Before we go any further, I would like you to read Exodus 20:1-4, 1 John 5:21 and Acts 15:19-20. As you can see, we are instructed over and over against humanizing God into a form that is not appropriate as this is trying to fit God into our paradigm. While it might be easy for us to use our sensory powers to focus on God, what we end up doing is limiting God into what will fit our senses rather than submitting ourselves in faith to him. Paul’s letter to the Romans is also relevant to us today and I pray that you are compelled to seek God through the scriptures and through faith rather than through sight and touch.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Comments
  1. Thank you Vineet. Yes, it’s so easy to water down God into human quantity by what we can see and touch. You see, the other day, the Lord spoke to me about inheritance. This is something we can see and relate to…but we have to go beyond our inheritance and always remain in a state of expectation of that which is eternal.

    Blessings,

    Gladwell

    • ServantBoy says:

      It’s amazing that you mentioned inheritance because it is something a dear friend and I were talking about last evening. She mentioned that we need to strike a lottery to make retirement a possibility and what we should have been dwelling on is the inheritance that we have through salvation in Jesus Christ! Thanks.

  2. Well… that’s interessting but actually i have a hard time seeing it… wonder how others think about this..

    • ServantBoy says:

      Thank you for your frankness and I would love to hear what you think about this. I’ve been on both sides of the debate but certainly would like to hear your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by this blog and I hope to hear back.

  3. Vineet,

    That is so true…We limit God to our own expectations, when we trust Him with our sights and touch…I think that it is a stage in life where you always need something visible from God to trust Him…But God does not want us to remain in that state…He wants us to grow up and trust Him through our faith…to believe in Him beyond our sight..

    God Bless,
    Rani John

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