21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
This is a great example that a person can know (intellectually) God, but not have a personal relationship with him, similarly as the case with the Sadducees and the Pharisees. Both these two groups, knew the Torah very well, but failed to see Jesus as the Messiah. Their hearts became futile and darkened. Even to the point where they eventually arranged Jesus’ own execution. They claimed to be wise and know the Law very well, but they ultimately exchanged the glory of God with religious laws and customs. In a similar way, the audience of Paul’s letter lived in a world where multiple idols and deities were worshiped (all made in the images of human beings, birds and animals). Paul warns the Christians not to be influenced by the world and by the way these people live. Rather to dedicate their lives to God alone and desire to know him personally (not only on an intellectual level). Remember idols come in various forms. What is your idol? Con).
Thoughts for the day
- Do you have a real relationship with God, or do you only know a lot about him?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Follow the ACTS acronym in prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (Asking).