Wrath: Without Excuse

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

“Yeah, but . . . they didn’t know about evolution when Paul wrote this, right? They didn’t know about the big bang and Darwin’s theory. They didn’t have the Discovery channel. If they had, maybe Paul would have written this differently.”

wrath_350Whatever your take on the dance between the terminology of creation and evolution, Paul’s words here stand as God’s Word. God is knowable from what he has made. What he has made, in part, is conveniently listed in chapter 1 of his book. And that creation reveals him. Who could create the universe from nothing without endless power? How could any being create the universe if he were not God?

I’ve heard all the debates (and I’ve mangled a few arguments), but the first step to dismissing God is denying the reality of his act of creation. We can’t know God if we don’t believe he made it all. And if we refuse to see him in what he had made, we are “without excuse.”

Think: What are some of the things God’s creation tells us about him?

Pray: Thank God for revealing his character by what he has made.

Do: Make another list: Start it with two items – eternal power and divine nature. Follow those with other of God’s qualities that are obvious in his creation.