In Romans 1:19-20, Paul talks about how God has put the knowledge of Himself in men’s hearts; to the point that they cannot deny that God exists. They are without excuse. They will have to acknowledge Jesus as Lord on ‘that Day’. Reminds me of times when my kids were young, maybe 10 and up, what church people used to call the ‘age of accountability’, when kids really did know right from wrong.
Once in a while, they’d get to go skating, or to the mall for a party, where they’d be largely unsupervised for an hour or two; they’d even have a little spending money to buy a coke or some popcorn, or play a video game. Kinda exciting, get a little buzz doing new things they hadn’t done much; meet kids they didn’t know. There would be adults around, but not enough for close supervision; like at the movies, or at the swimming pool, or at the park.
I’d usually tell them, “I just want you to do what you know is right.” It was positively amazing. I think God must’ve put those words in my mouth. Sometimes they would even groan. They’d say, “Don’t saaaay that; now we can’t have any fun.” (they were kidding of course) But it was amazing what a spiritual effect that one short line would have on them. It would bring to their minds and their hearts that God was with them, that He was watching, so they better be watching what they were doing too!
This little thing, a reminder of God’s Presence in our lives, is often all we need to do the right thing; to take care of others; to tell the truth; to not run with the kids who are doing something they shouldn’t. It is crazy, amazing, miraculous, how God has designed us to know what’s right, even when no one else is looking.