CLAIMING TO BE WISE

Scripture Reading:  Romans 1:18-23

“For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”  (Romans 1:21-23)

Over the past several weeks, we have witnessed how foolish people can be.  The Senate’s handling of the Kavanaugh hearings has been a spectacle that I have not witnessed in the public arena of politics in all my life.  We have seen vicious attacks on fellow human beings, manipulation and underhanded maneuvering, and a total disregard for what is right and true. How has God been glorified through these disheartening events that the whole world was able to watch as they unfolded?   Why are things like they are?  It is because of the sinful nature of human beings.

Paul states the problem very clearly — “Claiming to be wise, they became fools.”  We have seen and will see man’s foolish attempts to deify himself.  We have seen hatred and vicious attempts to discredit the truth of God.  Yes, “claiming to be wise they became fools.”

The issue is far deeper than one’s political ambitions and convictions.  It is aimed at the things that are most precious to God — the value of human life, truth, righteousness, goodness and respect.  The abuse, misuse and manipulation we have seen come from people’s depraved hearts and mind.  This has been the story humankind since Adam and Eve chose to disobey God in the Garden of Eden.  We really shouldn’t be overly surprised!

What can we do?  I am fully convinced that the only hope to reverse the downward moral spiral we are experiencing in our country and in the world is a true spiritual revival.  God’s people need to believe and act like God’s people.  We need to reach out to others in love.  We need to work for social justice and for the welfare of those in need.  We need to pray for a discovery and rediscovery of the gospel in our churches.  The gospel is the power of God for salvation (v. 16).  We will never change the direction our country is heading with politics; only God can change people from the inside out.  Let’s pray for revival and for a fresh movement of the Spirit of God.  Let’s begin to believe and act like we are the people of God.

O Spirit of God, fall fresh on me.  I ask You to revive the people of God in the midst of these days.  I pray for a supernatural work of spiritual renewal and for a rediscovery of the power of the gospel in our churches.  Revive us, O God, and bring us to conviction, repentance, and renewed spiritual fervor.

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