Psalm- 69:9-20, 2 Samuel 12:1-10, Romans 1:18-26
There was a man who had 2 children. He was a very loving man, sometimes, you see him on the field with the children riding the bike and some other time, going out to watch a film with them. He loved them so much that he would do anything to make them happy. As the children began to grow, they began to form their opinion from the world view. At some point, they would have arguments with him but was definitely resolved.
Yet one of the children decided to look outside the box with the thought ” it is better outside there” and he decided to go out, he jettison the father’s counsel, the mum cried out hard but he wouldn’t listen. And the father said, because of this that you have done, I assume you were not mine, with the hope that the boy would show a remorse, instead he said I don’t care and walked out on them ” for a better life” guess what? friends changed his look, mode of dressing, world view, manner, to the point of changing his eating style. He was a total departure from what he used to be.
Though with much effort from the father to get him back, but all proved abortive.
And the father decided not to bother anymore about him, he removed his name from his will and disowned him.
Since then, his father never cared about him like he would do to the other child. He became totally forgotten.
Today, this young man is of age now but he’s totally living his life in opposite to his dad’s word. He does not look like he is a member of that family in any way.
Though living in pain and regret with a desire to return home, he live his life like a fugitive.
of cause, his parent were long gone with no idea of where his brother lives. The question is, where does he go?
This could be likened, to the picture God paints through Apostle Paul, in Romans 1:18-26
- GOD MADE EFFORT
vs 19: since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
vs 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
God made effort to reveal himself to them. This He did so that their knowledge is not darkened in any way.
He worked so that they have knowledge to avoid destruction ( Hosea 4:6a, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;)
- MAN’S CHOICE
vs 21, 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.
Man purposely decided to go his own way. Even though God made effort to declare Himself. They knew him connote that they initially walked with Him but at some point, just like the man in the story, decided to look on the other side with the hope for a better life.
WHAT THE OTHER SIDE OFFER
- Reduced God to what can be seen
vs 22-24; Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
man’s problem today is that they want to hold God, they want to see God like they see birds, animals and reptiles. God is not physical, He is spiritual. The world brought them to a state of darkened mind so that they live only at the level of reasoning philosophy. They do what the world says, wear what the world puts on them as cloth, their self will has been seized, their thinking drum has been torn, they cannot see or hear any more. They have been hypnotized. What a sorry state
- vs 25; LIVING A LIE: TOOK THE TRUTH AND GAVE A LIE
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
The world took away the truth they knew from them and gave them a lie. The truth about God’s existence was taken away so that today, some say their is no God, hence they are atheist, idealist, liberals, naturalist among many. All this is possible because they left Him who is light and walked into darkness.
- ABNORMAL LIFE STYLE
vs 25-26; Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
So, what they now have is abnormal lifestyle, gay, lesbianism, man-animal marriage, among many, they intentionally work against everything GODLY and righteous. They fight against everything about God and anyone that talks or want to talk about Him.
They choose to celebrate all forms of ungodliness against celebrating godliness.
making most people psychologically imbalance and unable to reason.
BY THESE THREE THINGS, THE WORLD CHANGED THEIR IDENTITY FOR SOMETHING ELSE
This is the reason why God decided to leave them to satisfy their curiosity. “…God left them, He gave them over…”
God’s best was not enough for them, He gave his son to redeem man yet it is still a choice.
I know you are not happy at what state you drove yourself to
I know you are considering ending it because you feel there is no place for you here anymore
I know you are tired and do not know any solution and all efforts turned out abortive
I know you are a total departure from what you used to be
I know right now that you are confused and don’t know who to talk to
I know you are yawning for a way out
Today, He is ready, if you are ready. There is still hope for you, He does not desire that you die but live. Just come to Him he is ready to take you back.
Open up and invite him to your life, he is ready. You can escape the coming judgment against all unrighteousness by inviting Jesus into your life. Accept Him today as your Lord and saviour. God bless you
sing with me:
JESUS, my Lord, to thee I cry,
Unless thou help me I must die;
O bring thy free salvation nigh
And take me as I am.
O take me as I am,
O take me as I am,
My only plea Christ died for me;
O take me as I am.
2 Helpless I am and full of guilt,
But yet for me thy blood was spilt,
And thou canst make me what thou wilt
And take me as I am.
3 No preparation can I make,
My best resolves I only break,
Yet save me for thy mercy’s sake
And take me as I am.
4 Behold me, Saviour, at thy feet,
Deal with me as thou seest meet,
Thy work begin, thy work complete,
But take me as I am.