11 … but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures (Romans 1).
Self-professed wisdom is pure foolishness. For, the natural man speculates merely out of the darkness of his own soul, the result of which is declaring the things of creation themselves to be his god rather than letting creation point him to God. Yes, there is indeed a definite glory in creation, but it exists only as a reflection of the glory of the One who made it. Nothing which has been made has any glory in and of itself. It’s glory exists not because it is, but because it was made. And because the world is fallen, its reflection is fading and will ultimately perish. Thus, he is a fool who exchanges true glory for its reflection. It would be like claiming the mirror reflecting the gold, instead of the gold itself.
In the same way, it is pure foolishness to find our identity and confidence in any gift or talent we might possess, rather than in the God who gave those things to us. Those gifts and talents are mere reflections of the eternal power and divine nature of God Himself. Yet, if we find our identity and confidence in God, then the reflection of any gift or talent will show more brightly to the glory of God.
Lord, I thank You that we have been made, and are not self-existent. Thank You for the gifts and talents you have given us. Help us This Day to give You the credit for them, and to find our identity and confidence in You — not them. Push away any foolishness in our hearts and make us wise by seeing that we have no glory in and of ourselves. May all our gifts and talents point others to Your glory. Amen.