"Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened." - Romans 1:21
The darkened heart is like a spooky basement at the bottom of stairs that get darker with each step downward. The first step is ingratitude, where we enjoy God’s provisions but fail to thank Him. The next step is deception that leads us to ignore the light of God and His truth. Finally comes the darkest step of all – idolatry. It is here we enter the world of unbelief, worshiping whatever we think will give us some light.
If you find yourself on this staircase, get off as quickly as possible. Return to the bright light of God by thanking Him for His goodness, opening your heart to His truth, and worshipping Him as the true and living God. And on a day when the world celebrates darkness, celebrate and share the reality that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.