Retention is the ability to recall, remember and retain information. Unfortunately, busyness, distractions and hectic schedules tend to weaken one’s ability to pay attention. Subsequently, whenever I meet someone new, names are often forgotten immediately causing me to ponder, “what’s your name again?” If I can’t remember the name of someone I just met in person, how is it possible to retain the knowledge about an invisible God?
For [God does not overlook sin and] the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who in their wickedness suppress and stifle the truth, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them [in their inner consciousness], for God made it evident to them, Romans 1:18-19.
The apostle Paul makes two interesting observations in a letter to the church at Rome. First, the earth, the moon and stars are signs of a higher power, a grand design. When you add other things such as rainbows, sunsets and tides, no one can say I didn’t know or see God. Witnessing wonders should gravitate individuals toward the Bible, a history book of life on earth. Yet, unless you open God’s Word up for yourself, retaining knowledge of God will fade away.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God for an image [worthless idols] in the shape of mortal man and birds and four-footed animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their own hearts to [sexual] impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin], 25 because [by choice] they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen, Romans 1:22-25.
Second, Paul reveals the consequence of failing to retain the knowledge of God. The further you fall away from God, the closer you become to exchanging the glory of God for worldly idols. Those who ignore, neglect or reject God’s advice about life often abandon faith due to the degrading power of sin. When sin becomes full blown, James 1:13-15, truth is exchanged for a lie. May these words from Paul instill a sense of urgency to retain the knowledge of God before you are too far gone.
by Jay Mankus