Scripture for Today: Romans 2:7-8 “To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”
At the risk of sounding ancient, I will admit to remembering this old television show! It originated on radio in 1940 and became popular on television in the 50’s. It had quite a run broadcasting its last show in 1988. The idea was to pick contestants from the audience, ask a question impossible to answer, then require a stunt to perform as the “consequence.” But really the only consequence to not knowing the truth was looking silly.
Today’s verse describes those who have heard the truth but reject it. They are characterized by selfish lifestyles and evil choices. This passage describes them as having stubborn and unrepentant hearts. That indicates that they have experienced conviction and guilt, but have chosen to ignore it. There does not seem to be any immediate consequence to their rejection, but the context talks about storing up God’s righteous wrath and anger. In His grace, He holds off the consequences which must surely come. But eventually, “trouble and distress” are in store for those who continue to do evil (verse 9).
Those are pretty negative consequences. But for the believer, glory, honor and peace are promised for those who do good! (verse 10) Knowing and believing His absolute truth is motivating. Being convinced of the truth of His Word motivates me to persevere, regardless of the fluctuating ideas of “truth” around me. It is not “a truth” by which I live my life but “the truth” in the person of Jesus Christ! (John 14:6)
Thank you Lord, for the wonderful positive consequences of embracing Your truth!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)