Today's Verse

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. — Romans 1:20 NKJV

Devotion

There's no excuse for failing to believe in God. Ignorance, the primary example of an excuse, is no excuse. Why not? It's because no one is actually ignorant. Everyone, at least at some level of conscious life, knows God. Everyone knows God because God has revealed Himself to them. Paul says, "what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them." (Romans 1:19) In some way, God has shown Himself to people. In some way, He has shown that He is God and that He should be revered as such.

Indeed, God has not only shown Himself to people, He has shown Himself in such a way that our verse for today can say that "His invisible attributes are clearly seen." On the surface, this statement seems self-contradictory. How can God and His invisible attributes be clearly seen? They're invisible, so they can't be seen directly, but they can be seen indirectly through "the things that are made." David says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork . . . There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard." (Psalm 19:1, 3)

If the heavens, and everything else for that matter, indirectly show forth God and His invisible attributes, then why doesn't everyone believe in Him? Paul says it's because some people "suppress the truth in unrighteousness." (Romans 1:18) They know God, they know His attributes and what He's like, but they suppress this knowledge. They even suppress it to themselves. (I Corinthians 2:14) They even suppress it though they know it means death. (Romans 1:32) They refuse to honor God and revere Him because it would mean they must obey Him.

Although it's possible to suppress the truth about God, it's not possible to avoid the consequences of suppression. Paul says, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness." (Romans 1:18) This wrath manifests itself by God giving them up to "uncleanness" (1:24), "vile passions" (1:26), and a "debased mind" (1:28)

God, in other words, gives them up to every sinful inclination of their hearts that leads them to the ultimate consequence of their actions—eternal death. (Romans 1:32)