February 13, 2023

Taylor Christensen
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
Romans 1:18-20
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
Matthew 24:35

Truth can seem like such a relative term these days. I know when I was growing up I saw it that way at least, totally being that kid looking for any hole in my parent’s directions to try and get my own way. Even in my spiritual life at times I’ve tried to rationalize or normalize sin in an effort to stifle that deep sense of conviction when I know I’ve steered off God’s plan for me.

This passage in Romans was written a little under two thousand years ago and yet it so perfectly encapsulates the temptation to “suppress the truth”. There’s plenty to blame the world for in this category, but even as I personalize this truth to my own journey, I know I frequently try to deflect, rationalize, or normalize sinful thoughts and behaviors instead of addressing the truth head-on.

But thankfully our Heavenly Father loves us too much to accept our watered-down definitions of sin. He lovingly, yet firmly, doesn’t back down at our pity parties and temper tantrums. His truth holds true through the test of time…whether for us in the church today, or the church in Romans a long time ago. I don’t always like it, but looking back I’m so thankful for the times He’s never compromised, for His truth really is the best way for us.

Lord, help me grow in my awe for You and Your truth. Help me deepen my understanding of You and may it translate into my daily decisions as I seek to follow You one moment at a time.