Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Salvation is given not just to those who don’t deserve it, but to those who did not want it in the first place.
Romans 11:7, 26-27
7 “What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was diligently seeking, but the elect obtained it. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion; he will remove ungodliness from Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins.'”
How is it that God’s people could seek Him and not find Him? It seems futile or unfair. And yet their temporary blindness resulted in salvation for all. God’s wisdom and ways are not ours. The election of gentiles ultimately provokes a jealousy in the Israelites to receive this same salvation.
This covenant with God’s people demonstrates His kindness and faithfulness to finish the work of salvation for those He has chosen. A perfect, Holy God with a righteous standard violated by His creation chose to pardon those who broke that standard. Wow.
The law awakens our need for salvation and reveals our sinful condition, yet this Almighty God chooses to pay that sin debt and remove sin’s stain permanently – to those who did not even seek Him.
This grace of God is befuddling, completely undeserved. Surely no one can boast. What a beautiful promise that our Deliverer will remove ungodliness from us! Although we might not appreciate the sanctification process by which God makes us into His image, taking a step back we see His faithfulness to complete the work He began in us and the miracle of His opening our eyes to understand so great a salvation.
Lord, thank You for Your mercy. I cannot comprehend fully how I came to know You, but I thank You and pray that all reading this post will also see their need of You and accept the free gift of salvation you have given.