What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal.
Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.
As it is written:
“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall,
and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.” Romans 9:30-33
Paul’s heart breaks for those of his countrymen trying to come to God on the basis of their works and keeping the law. He knows that they will not be justified unless they come by faith in Jesus Christ. This is the big stumbling for people today who want to come to God on their terms and based on their own perceived righteousness. They think their “good” will outweigh their “bad”. What a horrible underestimation of sin. But, praise God, the scales can fall from their eyes when the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ is heard and received.
When did all this become real to me? Am I still coming to God based on His grace and my faith in Christ?
Lord Jesus, what a relief it is to know You and having found in You a righteousness apart from the law. My heart too aches for my friends in Corona. Please use me in any way to draw them toward You. Create a revival in this place. May Your Spirit move and draw many. Lord, I humbly ask for You to help me preach the gospel this weekend in a way that would please You. I pray You would help people cross the line of salvation and commitment to You. Amen.