Excerpt from Romans 10 MSG:
“It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”
11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.”
14-17 But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims,
A sight to take your breath away!
Grand processions of people
telling all the good things of God!
But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: “Does anyone care, God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?” The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to.”
God’s love is extravagant. The very fact that He bridged the gap between us and Him is unfathomable–He who lacks nothing and us who lack everything in comparison. But His love is like that. Unconditional.
On a human level we don’t always get this exchange. We’re suspicious of anything someone claims to be free of cost. But God so loved, that He gave. It might not be in human nature but it is in His nature.
So today I encourage you to reflect on God’s love anew. And if you have no idea what that feels like and what I’m talking about — take the first step and just talk to God. Say God, I don’t know this kind of love. I don’t know if I believe in you. But if what she says is true–I ask you to set things right between us. I ask you to help me to believe. Reveal yourself to me. Show me who you are today.
His Word promises you will never regret it.
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