“So, God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So, they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” Romans 1:24-25
God abandoned them. To me that statement is very scary because I don’t believe that I can live one moment without God in my life. From idolatry to immorality is just one small step. If man is his own god, then he can do whatever he pleases and fulfill his desires without fear of judgment. We come to a point in man’s battle with God’s truth when man will exchange the truth of God for the lie and abandon truth completely. The lie is that man is his own god, and he should worship and serve himself and not the Creator. This was the same lie that Satan told Eve in the Garden.
Because God is a loving and gracious God, He gave us a free will. We have the free will to make a choice. We can serve God or the world. When we choose the things of the world, we follow a path that brings us farther and farther away from God. It leads us deeper and deeper into sin. God gives us every chance to choose Him. God is always pursuing us, wanting us to make the right choice. At some point God will say, “you have made your choice and I will honor that choice and allow you to go down the road to destruction.” He is always waiting for us to turn to Him. There are always consequences with our choices. God will allow us to reap these consequences. When man began to feel the tragic consequences of his sins, you would think he would repent and seek God. Just the opposite is true. The next few devotions we will be looking at the sins that Paul is talking about.