Day 2 Read: Romans 1:21-23
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, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Reflect: Which words or phrases in this passage describe the life of someone who refuses to worship God?
According to this passage, what happens when we don’t acknowledge God’s authority in our lives?
Consider: They know God in Greek is actually a participle indicating concession, that is, “even though they know God”. However, a number of translations render this by a finite verb. The knowledge referred to here is the recognition of God’s existence, not the knowledge of a personal relationship with God. It is important in the selection of a term for “know” to indicate that this is knowledge about and not intimate relationship with.2
Respond: Why do people trade God’s truth for the lies of the enemy? What lies are you most susceptible to?
2 Barclay Moon Newman and Eugene Albert Nida, A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1973), 24.