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A Faith That Lasts

Daily Reading: Romans 11

 

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11.29)

 

Devotional Thought: In Romans 11, Paul finishes up his discourse about the people of Israel.  This chapter is subject to a variety of interpretations, and it is wise not to be dogmatic about your opinions here.  I do believe that Paul knew what he was writing, and that it was very specific.  I would only caution anyone reading it that they don’t know Paul as well as Paul knew Paul!

 

In the context of Israel, the Apostle makes a stunning statement: "The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable."  Throughout their wavering history, God repeatedly called Israel into covenant relationship with him.  But they refused to listen.  They did not respond.  They deserted the covenant and the God of the covenant.  Did their desertion nullify the gift and calling of God?  By no means!  God's offer still stood.  As Paul had already written: "Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means!" (Romans 3.3-4).

 

While this statement was in reference to the people of Israel - that God has not deserted them - it also contains a strong message to The Church.  Think about it.  God has offered salvation and life through Jesus Christ.  He does not do that capriciously.  His offer of grace stands!  And, he calls us to himself day by day to enjoy the blessed life in Jesus Christ!

 

The gift and the calling of God are offered freely and are to be accepted willingly.  Jesus is ever standing at the door.  If anyone hears his voice and opens the door, he comes into them and has fellowship with them.  The next time you are feeling a little discouraged or a little forgotten, recall this verse.  God’s gift and his call are yours without fail!  Praise the Lord!

 

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness.  I receive the gift and I answer the call to have fellowship with you.  Help me, O Lord, to walk with you in obedience, trust, and love.  Amen.

 

Psalm of the Day: 26.1-8

1 Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.

2 Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.

3 For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.

4 I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.

5 I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.

6 I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O LORD,

7 proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.

8 O LORD, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.

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