Daily Devotional for July 13
But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. —Romans 1:18-19
Humanism tells us, “I’m okay . . . you’re okay” and says that salvation is little more than a contribution to one’s own personal happiness. As Christians, however, we know that without the salvation purchased by Jesus’ blood, humanity is hopeless. Nowhere is the wickedness of humanity described in more graphic detail than in Romans 1 and Psalm 10. Paul begins Romans with a thorough description of the wickedness of humankind, coupled with a justification for the wrath of God. He continues with a description of how people have rejected the truth of God because of pride (Romans 1:21) and how such rejection has caused their minds to concoct unspeakable evils, such as idolatry and sodomy (v. 27). In Psalm 10:7, David describes the wickedness of people’s motives and speech, which leads to abuses of power in their relationships with their fellow man. Before we can ever get people saved, we must get them lost. Who among us does not see within himself the awful fruits of rebellion these chapters describe? Let us thank God today that He is willing to forgive our past and to accept us as His very own children. We should be so grateful that we would never entertain the thought of turning our backs on Him.
1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36