Without Excuse

Paul writes:

For what can be known about G-d is plain to them, because G-d has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

Romans 1:19-20

I am without excuse. You are without excuse.

None of us gets the chance to live this life, and pretend we cannot see G-d at work in all of creation and then use ignorance as a defense when the day of judgement comes.

Each of us will stand and give account for our lives.

Recently, I have been dealing with some personal struggles (yes, I have them as you do) and, as a result, I have watched as some of my relationships have deteriorated.

It is in the times of testing, when you determine who you will reach out to, and when you see who reaches out to you to point you to the Father, that you learn who those close friends are. I have four friends, who each have a normal running dialogue with the Holy Spirit, that I know I can talk to. I know that they have my eternal good first in their minds when I call, and every shred of counsel they give is given in light of eternity.

One of these is my wife, who prays constantly for me, for all the trouble I get into, because of my cluelessness or tunnel vision (the Achilles’ heels of the redemptive gift of Prophet). She has the redemptive gift of Servant, and she flows in making an environment suitable and cleansed for the King to take up residence. And she is capable of getting her hands dirty and still remaining undefiled. And she helps clean up messes that come as a result of tunnel vision.

Thankfully, I think my tunnel vision has begun to get rarer and rarer.

However, my tunnel vision is no excuse. And in light of the matchless life and inheritance G-d has for us, why would we want to hide behind excuses for not listening and obeying?

One day I will stand before his throne. And He is completely just and will handle me rightly.

G-d, help us to examine ourselves in the light of your truth, remembering your kindness, that leads us to repentance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Be blessed

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