I had two big takeaways from Romans 9 that I’ve been thinking about and really chewing on. The first is Paul’s heart for his nation. He was so convicted over the fact that they didn’t know Jesus that he was willing to trade his own salvation for theirs. That blows me away and makes me think of my own heart for the lost. Am I consistently praying for friends and family that are far from God? Does my heart break for them to the same degree that Paul’s did? Am I intentionally forming relationships with those far from God – not because they are a “project” but because God loves them and wants them to experience love and acceptance through His people.
The second takeaway was what Paul had to say about God and His ways. Isaiah 55:9 says:
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
I see that in living color in Paul’s words. God’s ways and thoughts are so much higher than mine. Because He knows our hearts inside and out and ultimately knows the choices we will make, He gives mercy to whom He desires to give mercy to. I don’t have all the information that God has so that makes it impossible for me to be able to truly judge His actions. My job is to trust Him and have faith that He won’t do anything that violates His character. God is just, He is perfect in all His ways, and He is the very definition of love. I can trust Him even when I don’t fully understand. He is good. When I’m confused or worried over the things that happen that are outside of my control, I need to remind myself of who God is and reinforce those thoughts by reading and meditating on His word. Great reminders for this week.
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