Theme of the Week: The God Who Shows
Bible Verse: “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32, ESV
Scripture Reading: Romans 1:18-24
In this season of my life, I tend to talk a lot about my kids. I guess their ages and the different challenges associated with that become a great source for reflection and illustrations.
My set of twins, I call them T1 and T2 – Terrible 1 and Terrible 2. No… don’t judge me… this is a term of endearment! The point is that they work really well together in their schemes. Not long ago, I saw both of them hiding behind a reclining chair in the living room. As I approached them, I asked: What are you doing? They showed me the wrappings of cookies they had taken from the pantry. They were hiding because they knew what they did was wrong.
Nobody taught them to hide, and nobody taught them that suppressing the truth gives the impression that the truth disappears, so it is easier to move on with your life.
If you were to ask Paul, how does he know God exists? His answer would be “because everybody already knows there is a God intuitively. In verse 18, Paul says that God is angry about the fact that people suppress the truth, for what they know is revealed. In verse 21, it says, “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God.” Later on, in verse 24, he says that “they exchanged the truth about God for a lie.”
You cannot suppress something unless you have it. If we suppress the truth about God, it means we have the truth about God.
When anyone is face-to-face with the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, even for a brief moment, they will know and feel that life is as it was always meant to be. Or when they listen to a piece of good music or taste a delicious meal.
A beautiful sight, that feeling of a song, that taste of a meal, will bring you face-to-face with what Paul calls the truth: the existence of God.
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