Thursday, March 30, 2006
Failure to Worship
Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
We were created to worship the Lord and to glorify Him. But if we fail to do this, we find that our failure will affect every area of our lives. The Bible tells us in Romans 1 the negative consequences for failing to worship the Lord.
First, we fail to glorify God. This may not seem like a serious sin to some, but it is to God. God wants us to glorify Him. And when there is a breakdown in this area, other problems will follow. We were created to glorify God. Psalm 29:2 tells us, “Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
Next, we fail to give thanks. This is inevitable, because if we don’t glorify Him as God, then we won’t give thanks to Him. Many Christian homes have the custom or tradition of giving thanks before a meal or perhaps afterwards. Why? Because they realize that meal came from the Lord and are acknowledging His provision.
When we fail to glorify God, when we fail to give thanks, then we are going to turn to other things to take His place. Idolatry will enter in. And it is only a matter of time until our lives will degenerate into immorality.
It begins with failing to glorify God, with not thanking Him, and with dropping our standards. Then this radical downward trend begins in the realm of our thinking and ultimately works throughout our lives.
We can trace the problems in our personal lives, our society, and our country to a failure to worship the one true God.
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