“The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20)
Creation screams the existence of the Almighty God. A sunset reflects the splendor of His majesty. The mountains reach to the sky to point mankind to God. The vastness of the ocean mirrors the limitless beauty of God’s love. It is comforting to know the presence of God surrounds us and is revealed through His creation. However, nature and the universe are not the only ways we see God. It’s also not the exclusive side of God. There is a side of God that is vengeful and wrathful. We must understand both sides.
“As a result, they have no excuse.” (Romans 1:20) We love to recognize God in His love, mercy, and majesty. We do not always recognize or live by the truth that God punishes sin. His wrath falls upon those who choose sin over repentance. It is his wrath, punishment, and chastisement that we deserve to receive from God. We do not deserve the love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God. The wrath of God against sin is not contrary to His love for us. In fact, it is the opposite.
A parent does not discipline their child for disobedience because the parent hates the child. The child is disciplined for disobeying the parent because the discipline is intended to deter the child from wrong or dangerous actions. Sin is dangerous because sin is deadly. The love of God is reflected through His discipline to us. His goal is to achieve repentance in our hearts. Repentance gives us life and allows us to live the way God desires us to live.
The God who reveals Himself to us through the marvel of creation is also the God that brings about eternal judgment on sin. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) God has given us creation all around us to remind us of His love, but to beg us to repent. Romans 1:20 tells us that we do not have an excuse not to repent. We do not have an excuse not to live righteously. We do not have an excuse to ignore God and choose the sinful ways of this world.
We have no excuse because He surrounds us each day with the beauty of the sunrise and sunset. He graces us with the breeze across our faces and the air in our lungs. He fills our ears with the songs of the birds. He reminds us He is always with us.
There will be a day we will all stand before God and answer for our sins. The consequence of sin is eternal death. God gives us a way we can stand before Him and receive eternal life in his presence. We will not have an excuse when we stand before God. We are called to be saints, but we must live as saints and not sinners. We have no excuse.