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Day 10 – Issue 40

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Be Still Know

Romans 1:20 

‘For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.’

People often ask how God will judge those who have never responded to him. Here Paul makes it clear that everyone has had an opportunity to respond to God, because he has made it so clear in creation. People have no excuse. The tragedy is that people have ended up worshipping what God has created rather than the Creator himself. They have got things exactly the wrong way round.  

Of course our mission, like Paul’s, is to present the Good News to people. We want to help people to understand why Jesus came into the world and we can all have a share in that. We are not all evangelists but everyone who follows Jesus is a witness. We have our story to tell from our own personal experience, and our stuttering words are often far more persuasive than any silver-tongued evangelist. But sadly it would seem that a huge proportion of the world’s population will never hear about Jesus for themselves. This is tragically true but we can take comfort from the fact that creation is continually speaking about God, pointing to his greatness and majesty. 

 Paul is clear that those who have rejected God have chosen a destructive course and he speaks of God’s anger towards those who oppose him. None of us enjoys thinking of God being angry but it is an inevitable consequence of the fact that he is so full of love. His passionate love for humankind and his desire that we should live in partnership with him fills him with sadness and anger when he sees people deliberately rejecting him.  

As we go around today let’s look at people from God’s point of view and remind ourselves that he wants them to live in a relationship of love with him, however far they may be from him at this moment. 

Question: How do you respond to the statement that no one is without excuse for not knowing God?  

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for the way in which you make yourself known to people through Jesus and Creation. Amen 

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