Romans 1:20-23The Message (MSG)
Ignoring God Leads to a Downward Spiral
"But God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand."
There I stood at the Turkey Creek Overlook on the Cherohala Skyway, awestruck by God's magnificent message painted across the sky in shades of orange, red, and yellow. The setting sun was tucking in the hills and valley below for the night with a variegated blanket of velvet. How could anyone doubt the existence of God? I began to ponder words my husband, Mike, read at church Sunday from Romans 1. When I got back to our home I decided to look the passage up in multiple translations and The Message said it so well in modern language:
Lord, may I seek only You, the One True and Living God.
Becoming the woman of grace God's designed me to be. it's all simply grace.
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