30 What should we say then? Gentiles did not look for a way to be right with God. But they found it by having faith. 31 The people of Israel tried to obey the law to make themselves right with God. But they didn’t reach their goal of being right with God. 32 Why not? Because they tried to do it without faith. They tried to be right with God by what they did. They tripped over the stone that causes people to trip and fall. 33 It is written, “Look! In Zion I am laying a stone that causes people to trip. It is a rock that makes them fall. The one who believes in him will never be put to shame.” (Isaiah 8:14; 28:16) 10 Brothers and sisters, with all my heart I long for the people of Israel to be saved. I pray to God for them. 2 I can tell you for certain that they really want to serve God. But how they are trying to do it is not based on knowledge. 3 They didn’t know that God’s power makes people right with himself. They tried to get right with God in their own way. They didn’t do it in God’s way. 4 Christ has fulfilled everything the law was meant to do. So now everyone who believes can be right with God.
Have you ever been supremely confident that you knew the answer to a question only to find you had completely misunderstood and were wrong. The Jews were missing the mark because they failed to recognise Jesus as the messiah, where the Gentiles were instead gaining salvation by faith. They were confident but wrong.
It begs the question: are there areas in my life where I smugly think I’ve got it all sorted but I have not understand that God requires of me? The obvious answer is most likely yes! However I don’t believe God tries to correct everything at once in our lives. It is my experience that God works on our misconceptions one at a time. It is up to us to be open to God working in us and to not be stubborn or short-sighted like the Jews. The moment I limit my faith to just what I think I know, is the moment when I start to miss out on all that God has planned for me. I want my life in Christ to be full of all that He has planned for me. I need to be brave, and trust God and be open to the Holy Spirit.
Lord forgive me for the times when I limit your work in my heart. Help me Lord to hear your voice. Holy Spirit work in my life. Show me, Lord, areas where I restrict you and help my faith to grow and be stretched. Lord help me to be open to your call on my life and help me to bring glory to your name in all things. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Written by Christine Knight