21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 claiming to be wise, they became fools, (Romans 1:21-22)
Since the fall of Adam sin has been a problem. For generations man has stumbled upon the ideals and justification of what is “right” or “good”. We have assembled what we call or deem acceptable based on past experiences or “rights”. Yet the issue at hand is not necessarily knowing what is considered to be right but in the nature our hearts seem to take and in turn, rebel against God.
In the book of Romans, we see Paul address why God left man to revel in their ways, verse 28 of the first chapter states, “and since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”. Since the beginning when Eve was tricked by the serpent and Adam enticed by the woman we see that we are easily pulled to think of ourselves or want a desire to be as God. For some can debate we were made in his image, to love, create, and etc. Yet within our discoveries of self we easily replace our primary focus or center and sway away to whatever is apart from truth and trade it for a lie. Some can state sin as being, anything that is against God, others have said sin is, anything that is apart from God, while some say that it is that which does not glorify or bring worship to God. Because of this, we are dead in our ways, lost in space, still claiming to build that tower of babel and reach to the heavens, with our own understanding, egos, pleasure, and ultimately being mastered by different forms of idolatry.
The grave reality upon any matter or view of the subject at hand is that, no one is “good”. Apart from God, no one is righteous. “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.”. Yet it is through faith in Jesus Christ for those that believe that we are made righteous (Romans 3:21-32). We are lost and helpless without God. Was it not God who sent the son for all who needed him, that though he leaves us to do what we desire he still loves us with so much grace that he allows a chance to be saved. Yet it is truly remarkable, that though God rich in mercy, took on the charge of my sin, our sin, placed it as his own and died, raised to show power of death, over sin, to bring freedom for those who believe. We don’t recognize the magnitude of this in its entirety, we are as a grain of sand, a small rock floating around an expanding universe and yet the God who made all, came to rescue us within our darkness, he allows us to have light.
Yet through it all, it isn’t hard to find God. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (jeremiah 29:13). He hasn’t gone any where and he is always looking for those who look for him. God knows all our needs, he longs to be close to us. For though he does not need us, he wants us. When I say or have stated that we are lost is because we are trying to find our way through this life, filled by a void only God can fill. Lost in space, a space that is created because we have departed from God, turning to our own ways or indulging in our foolish ways, wickedness. But God tells us to turn to him, believe in Jesus, die to our old ways, and live in obedience to him, reflecting the light and image of Christ. Be blessed brothers.