“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21
Most people around the world will accept that there is a god who is over all of the earth. The god they serve is different for many people. Some believe in God, others in Buddha, or Allah, or physical idols, or in everything being god. They realize that man is not on this earth by accident but by the providence of a god.
Paul had just pointed out that all of creation points to God, so no one can say they do not know of God. Everything that is on this earth is so complex that it could not have happened by chance. So everyone knows of God, at least to some point.
Even while knowing of God, many do not look to Him and give thanks or praise to Him. The majority of people who do not give thanks are those who do not follow Jesus in any way. There are, however, some believers in Jesus who act this same way.
There are believers who do not give thanks to Jesus for everything on a regular basis. They focus their lives more on what they have done, rather that what Jesus has done in and for them. When Jesus healed the ten lepers, only one came back to thank Him.
When people start focusing on themselves and forgetting about God, their thinking becomes worthless and futile. The heart then becomes darkened and closes itself off from God. It is easy to start to think that you have everything under control, but it is not true. Only God has true control of everything.
Do not allow your heart to become calloused against God. Most believers do not do this quickly, it is a slow long process, but it starts with an unthankful heart and not glorifying God. Keep Jesus in the forefront of all that you say and do. Keep God on the throne of your life.
I pray today that you will know Jesus in a new way; that you will give God thanks for all in your life; that you will glorify Jesus all the time; that you will not allow your heart to be darkened; and that Jesus will draw you closer to Himself.