“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Romans 1:21
The righteousness of God has been made known to all through everything that Jehovah has made. Through the awesomeness of his creation, he manifests his nature revealing himself to those who are willing to learn of him (Romans 1:17-19).
However, knowing God and glorifying him as God are two very distinct things. There are those who hold the truth about God but do so in unrighteousness. Others live a form of godliness but deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5).
Romans 1:21 correctly identifies the core problem. These individuals chose not to glorify God but that was not their only issue. On top of knowing the truth, refusing to give glory to God, they were also unthankful.
Why is that so important? When we give God thanks, we acknowledge him and his provisions. We recognize that he is the one who provides and keeps us. It is a form of worship. It is a recognition of his power and might. Thankfulness gives God glory for the things that he has done.
When was the last time that you gave God the glory that is due to him? When was the last time that you showered him with thanksgiving? Giving God what is rightfully his does not have to be a grand production it can be as simple as what Christ demonstrated in Matthew 15:36. He took the loaves and the fishes and simply gave thanks!
List in your journal the many things for which you are thankful.
Offer God a prayer of thanksgiving.
Ask him to help you to live a life of thanksgiving before him. Ask him to help you hold truth in righteousness and not to deny the power of God as you live for him.
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