Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 1:22-25)
Wisdom does not come from the mere accumulation of understanding gained from books and classes. In fact, Dad Hagin used to say that Ph.D. stood for post hole digger. He didn’t mean that education wasn’t necessary, but if you begin to think that your wisdom is higher than God's, you are not very smart at all. The people Paul referred to in Romans 1:22-25 claimed to be wise, but in fact, were fools.
Their foolishness was displayed by the idols they built and worshipped. In our day, you may not see many physical idols being worshipped; instead, what you see is the worship of money, nature, and self.
Romans 1:24 clears up some common misunderstandings about why bad things happen to people. It tells us that God did not cause problems for those false worshippers, but He gave them up to the consequence of their uncleanness. In other words, if you allow your heart to be darkened by sin, you cannot blame God for the results of sin –which is death. (Romans 6:23)
Let us be wise and worship the Creator, not the creation. God’s thoughts and ways are higher than our own.
Practical Application – Have you been making plans with your own thoughts and ideas alone, or have you taken God’s Word to account in your planning? Take a look today at the plans you have made and pray about them. Ask God if your ideas agree with His.
1 Corinthians 1:27; Psalm 14:1