February 14, 2023

Taylor Christensen
“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 creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts 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! Amen.”
Romans 1:21-25
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19

Sin entered the world on one simple premise…that God isn’t enough. Adam and Eve were tempted, and ultimately believed the lie that God was holding out on them. Despite their perfect union with the Father in the garden, they still thought they needed more…desiring more than they had. The rest of this passage in Romans shares the consequences of that decision playing out both in the society of Paul’s day, as well as that of ours. It’s so easy to doubt that God’s way is truly best, instead exchanging that truth with worldly alternatives that seem to offer more security, comfort, and satisfaction. Yet it doesn’t take much time living in this world to experience the emptiness of those exchanges…much like Adam and Eve experienced separation, brokenness, and the desire to hide from our perfect and loving Father.

Throughout Scripture, we see God’s wholehearted pursuit to restore the brokenness we chose for ourselves. Philippians 4:19 reminds me that even in the midst of a world full of distractions and claims for satisfaction, our Lord provides everything that we need. He is enough.

Lord, please reveal where in my heart I’ve exchanged the truths of You for less. May You help me believe that truth as I live for Your purposes today.