GOD GAVE THEM OVER!
Refused to obey him— Instead, they rejected him. But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars. —Acts 7:39, 42
God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts. —Romans 1:24
God gave them over to shameful lusts. —Romans 1:26
God gave them over to a depraved mind. —Romans 1:28
When people do not want to obey God or retain the knowledge of Him and reject Him then He turns away from them and gives them over to worship the created things, to sinful sexual desires of their hearts, to shameful lusts and to depraved minds. Is it any wonder that this fallen world has so much evil in it and is a mess?
When people do not want to trust our Lord Jesus then anything evil is possible for them to do or as it says in Romans 1:30 “They invent new forms of evil.” The wickedness of man is driven by Satan “who has taken them captive to do his will” (II Timothy 2:26). But this all happens because people do not want to follow God’s ways. The end result is not good at all even though “they claimed to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22).
What a horrible state to be in when God gives over a person to their own ways. They may think it is wonderful. They are many people whose lives are exactly what are stated in the above verses and they think it is wonderful. They are so blinded by Satan to the truth that they will swallow deception as truth. Yes, no wonder our world is in a mess.
Brother and sister we ought to cry out in praise often to Him who has:
us into the kingdom of the Son he loves” (Colossians 1:13).
- from the terrors of the coming judgment (I Thessalonians 1:10).
Let us reach out to those around us before it is too late and God lets them go their own way. Dear Father may we bring them the gospel in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. Yes may this be so!