Today’s Bible reading: 1 Chronicles 15-16:36; Romans 1:18-32; Psalm 10:1-15; Proverbs 19:6-7
Yesterday David failed to move the Ark the correct way. Today he does it the right way (1 Chronicles 15:2). David realized his mistake and took corrective action (1 Chronicles 15:13). That is really all God asks of us. God is an understanding God (Psalm 147:5), although our mistakes are not without consequences.
God’s goal for us is to become like Christ, which takes time – a lot of time. If we are improving then we are on the right road. But we cannot improve without being guided by Him.
Notice that again in this chapter we read about many leaders. God is a God of organization and structure. Projects need to be organized with leaders responsible for various tasks.
David fully enjoyed bringing the Ark back to Jerusalem but his wife, Michal, was ashamed of his fbehavior (1 Chronicles 15:29). Sometimes there are some people who just don’t know how to have a good time and don’t appreciate someone worshipping God freely. While there is a limit to what we can consider decent behavior, we need to allow others to express their love and thankfulness to God in their own way. Some people raise their hands. Some don’t. Some sing loudly. Others don’t. God appreciates all the worship He receives and so should we.
There are many different ways to praise God and David’s psalm in 1 Chronicles 16:8-12 mentions a few of them: thanking, proclaiming, singing, praising, searching (for Him), remembering.
Paul continues his letter to the Romans today by reminding us what it is that we who are Christians are saved from. We are saved from God’s wrath (Romans 1:18). People have a hard time with this concept because they understand God’s anger as they understand human anger. But human anger is motivated by selfishness. God’s anger is motivated by righteousness. Notice God’s anger is directed against those who “suppress truth” (Romans 1:18). It is sin and the injustice caused by sin that angers God because He knows what sin does to people.
In Romans 1:19-20 Paul writes a famous passage that states that no one is without excuse for not knowing God. God is manifested in all of creation. There is no justifiable reason for anyone to be an atheist.
But the real problem isn’t that people aren’t aware of God – everyone is aware – but some refuse to acknowledge Him (Romans 1:21). Instead they make up stupid alternatives like annihilation, reincarnation, or atheism. They do this thinking they look smart in the process but in fact they are fools (Romans 1:22) because they end up worshipping their own idols like money, fame, and sex that can do nothing to save them from God’s wrath (Romans 1:23).
As a result of people’s rejection of Him, God will abandon them to experience the things they think they want (Romans 1:24). Hopefully they will realize the emptiness of their desires and turn back to Him. Some do. Many don’t. They instead lie to themselves that the life they are living is providing fulfillment (Romans 1:25).
One of the things people turn to when they abandon God is homosexuality (Romans 1:26-27). At the time Paul wrote this letter homosexuality and same-sex marriage was openly accepted in Rome. Nero, who was the emperor at this time, was involved in two same-sex marriages: one to a young boy, named Sporus in which Nero was the husband, and another in which Nero was the wife.
The gay community today thinks they are breaking new ground with their agenda of acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. But they aren’t. Unless you consider that the ground they are breaking is the grave of the United States which will surely see its demise shortly as a consequence of abandoning God.
In addition, a society that has rejected God will face increased greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, gossip (TMZ anyone?), lack of mercy (i.e. lawsuit after lawsuit), laziness (aka “welfare”), pride, promise breaking (Romans 1:28-31). Sounds an awful like lot the United States in 2013, doesn’t it? We think we are progressive when we eliminate God from our lives. But we could not be more wrong.
And if that wasn’t bad enough the people who do these things know it is wrong but they do them anyway – while encouraging others to do them as well. (Romans 1:32). Certainly we see the homosexual community encouraging people (including pre-pubescent children) to “explore” their sexuality.
After reading these verses – there is no way anyone can claim the Bible isn’t true while at the same time claiming they have an open mind.
Psalm 10 also talks about the evil we see in the world around us. The author of the psalm laments these very behaviors and wonders why God isn’t doing something about it (Psalm 10:1). Just because God doesn’t act immediately doesn’t mean He doesn’t see or is not in control. God notices everything (Psalm 10;14).
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