Holding it down yet it keeps pressing up. That inflated ball won’t stay under the water. We try to hammer it down like playing a game of whac-a-mole. But we can’t keep all the moles down at once. One will pop up and reveal itself. The ball will come to the surface.*
This is what happens when we deny the existence of God. We hold down the truth. We hold down the truth in our unrighteousness. This means we love our sin. We love being our own god. We love having a god we have made or that other men have made. These man made gods, or gods of self, say we are in control or we have a way to get to God through our own deeds. This is man centered and goes to the root of our sin that was from the garden. “Did God really say?” Is echoed from Genesis 3.
So many deny the truth of God. The God who reveals Himself to us in the Bible. The God who reveals Himself to us in His Son Jesus Christ. The God who has reveals Himself in His very creation.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1
We all have no excuse to not know God exists. We want justice when we feel justice needs to be done because God is just. We want people to be honest because God is not a liar. We know adultery is wrong because God is completely faithful. We Know these things also because we are made in the image of God but we just deny His existence when we choose us over Him. We choose the way we want to live over the way He commands us to live. We suppress the truth.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Romans 1:18-25
This is what I thought. I created my own god. I worshiped created things, and most of the time it was myself who I worshipped. It wasn’t until I repented, turned from my sin, and put all trust in Christ. This trust was that He lived, died, and rose for me. If I was to stand before God and tell Him He didn’t give me enough evidence it would not be an acceptable excuse. If I was to stand before God and say my good deeds outweigh my bad He would not accept that either. He commands perfection. This perfection can only come from His Son. If I stand before God covered in the blood of Jesus Christ, He will see His righteousness and not my filth.
I pray your eyes will be open to see Him. I pray your ears will be open to hear Him. I pray your heart will be open to receive Him. Without Him everything is ultimately worthless.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3
Jesus is the only way to God. You can’t suppress the truth forever. It will make His way to the surface of your life.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6
*a similar reference was made by Pastor Jeff Durbin from Apologia Church.