November 24, 2008

God's Wrath - Part 3

I'm sure this whole section I'm calling "God's Wrath" is something that could be more easily gone through as one quick read through, but that's not how I'm doing it because I want to focus on each of the verses in this section more closely.

Verse 24 of chapter 1 begins with "therefore." It ties the previous verses to the next few. 24-25 tell us because man turned from trust and glorifying God to that of the images resembling man and birds and animals and reptiles, "God gave them up in the lust of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!"

This is the scary part of it for me too. I so often turn from the truth of God and believe I can handle this life and it's problems and situations on my own. Yesterday at church, our pastor talked about this. He said if you think you've got this life handled, you better have the next one figured out too. If God is not the one you have placed on the throne of your life, your not going to be with Him in heaven in the next. If we don't trust Him now, why would be enjoy Him in eternity?

It is time to realize that God is the only one who can answer every question and solve every problem in our lives. God is the only one to be praised. He is the immortal God of glory, the Creator. We should always work to glorify Him. He is our salvation from the sins that disqualify us from heaven. Romans tells us in 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Be through faith we receive the gift of God's Son Jesus, as the sacrifice for sin, so that we may know God and enter into His kingdom. Do not ignore God. Do not worship the created rather than the Creator. Do not long for things of this world, but those of the next. Glorify God with this life so that you may enjoy Him forever in Heaven in the next.

Praise God the Creator.