They exchanged the truth about God for a lie.
In one Mother’s Day commercial, a group of six blindfolded children were asked to identify their moms. One by one they came forward to examine the six mothers. They touched their hair, noses, and hands. Even blindfolded, each child was able to find his or her mother. They removed their blindfold to receive a warm hug from mom. The ad celebrates the unique connection between mothers and their children.
We have spent a good deal of time talking about God’s design for us, and we should not be surprised that God designed us to know and recognize Him. Every person has been created in the image of God and given an implicit connection with our Creator.
In this first chapter of Romans, the apostle Paul explains that we are created to know God. “What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them” (v. 19). God has instilled the truth about Himself to His creation. Because this evidence is available to all, we are without excuse. Anyone who has marveled at the intricacies of the human body or the intense beauty of a sunrise has witnessed God’s eternal and divine qualities (v. 20).
But as the text continues, it acknowledges that humanity often refuses to acknowledge the one true God (vv. 21–23). Rather than deferring to what God has revealed about Himself and seeking our Creator, we choose to create idols made in our own image. Paul’s words identify our tendency to “worship” our own qualities, beauty, wealth, athletic ability. As verse 25 warns, we must be careful not to exchange the truths about God for lies, nor to serve created things rather than the Creator. Our connection is meant to be with God Himself.
Apply the Word
What do you worship? Consider what you place as a priority in your life. Is it decorating your house, making the perfect meal, achieving athletic prowess, or earning that next promotion at work? We must be careful not to exchange God for a lie or give priority to things that are less deserving. How can you make God Himself your priority, not His creation?