30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33 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.” 10 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
In this passage, Paul talks about the righteousness God offers us simply by us believing that Jesus is the Son of God and came and died as a sacrifice in our place. But unfortunately, sometimes, we can overcomplicate things by relying on our own efforts to please God.
It can be tempting to have a relationship with God based on our own efforts because it’s easy to measure: if I do good things, then I know that God will love me / accept me / forgive me.
But when this happens, we’re on a slippery slope or unsteady ground. We never can tell just how much good we have to do in order for God to be pleased with us or to love us more. And living this way, we’ll keep “bumping up” against Jesus who offers a different way to God – by believing and trusting in Him. When we do, we will never be put to shame (v33). What a beautiful promise of God that is.
Father, may we keep surrendering to Your way of righteous by continually placing our trust and faith in Jesus instead of our own actions.
Written by Gab Martin