Reflections of Our Savior
“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen.”
Romans 1:25 (NIV84)
Seemingly, it all started so innocently: A gaze at the beauty and sweetness of a piece of fruit. Hardly a life or universe-changing event...so you would think. But it really was. As Adam and Eve gave their“People’s Choice Award” to a portion of creation rather than the Creator, they set the pattern for all of us, their children to come. Exchanging the truth of God for a lie of Satan, Adam and Eve have passed down to each of us a sinful nature that is drawn to crave created things instead of the Creator.
In the words quoted above from Romans 1, Paul is tracing the sad downward spiral of unbelieving mankind. Even the best and brightest of what this world has to offer is nothing more than the useless worship of passing fancies. We human beings are taking part in an empty grasping and chasing after the wind (Ecclesiastes 2:11) whenever we look to creatures and created things for our hope and not to our Creator.
But as Paul reminded us, this is the Creator who is to be forever praised. What is his response to foolish human arrogance and rebellion? Yes, on the Last Day he will condemn forever those who in stubborn determination finished their earthly lives in such chasing after the wind, worshipping created things in place of the Creator.
But is that the end of the sad story...the downward spiral of sinful man? Thankfully, no. Our Lord is a God of grace. He showed his love this way: The Creator took the very nature of a creature, becoming one of us. He alone lived his earthly life not in a chasing after the wind but in pursuing his Father’s will. Even though offered all that sparkled in the world, he chose a path of suffering---for us! Even though tempted with being hoisted on people’s shoulders as their champion of earthly prestige, he chose instead to hoist on his shoulders a cross-and with it the world’s sins. He willingly exchanged the glory of his heavenly throne for the blood and gore of Calvary’s ugly hill of human sin and shame.
Why? That we might be his forever? Certainly! And also that we would be won already now from our hapless and hopeless pursuit of creatures and creation. In him, we can again-as Adam and Eve once did before the fall-find our greatest joy and delight in our Creator, who is also now our Redeemer! Here, in the eternal love of God that has drawn us back to himself, we find the real treasure of every treasured soul. AMEN.
This devotion is a reprint from a “Real Treasure” Bible study that we went through in 2006. I thought we might find it a timely reminder for us today. To God be glory!