February 4th, 2007
You can try taking drugs. You can run with the crowd and do what everyone else does. You can try strange philosophies. You can meditate. You can seek your inner child. You can go to psychiatrists or spiritual advisers or mediums or witchdoctors. You can try to medicate your pain with wild adventures or extreme music or a lifestyle lived on the edge. It often seems that if only you could search harder and try more things you might find out what the answer is to life’s biggest challenge, and you might find out what the question is, too. But chances are that you won’t find what you’re looking for, and more to the point you won’t even know where to look or why you’re looking.
Paul’s Letter to the Romans — Chapter 10
10:1 Friends, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God is that Israel will be saved. 10:2 I can say that they are enthusiastic for God, but their understanding is not good. 10:3 They have not submitted to God’s righteousness because they are ignorant of it and try to establish a righteousness of their own. 10:4 Christ is the fulfillment of the law, making everyone who believes righteous. 10:5 Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, “The person who does them will live by them.” 10:6 But the righteousness which comes through faith says this, “Don’t ask yourself, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down); 10:7 or, ‘Who will go down into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.)” 10:8 But what does it say? “The message is close at hand. It is in your mouth, and in your heart,” that is, the message of faith, which we preach: 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10:10 With the heart a person believes and becomes righteous, and with the mouth a person makes confession and receives salvation. 10:11 The scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.”
10:12 There is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord is Lord of all, and is generous to all who call on him. 10:13 Because, “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 10:14 How can they call on the one they have not believed in? How will they believe in the one they have not heard about? How will they hear without a preacher? 10:15 And how will people preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the good news!”
10:16 But not all accepted the good news. Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 10:17 So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. 10:18 But I ask, “Didn’t they hear?” Yes, most certainly, “Their sound has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” 10:19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation, with an ignorant nation I will make you angry.” 10:20 Isaiah quite boldly says, “I was found by those who didn’t seek me. I was revealed to those who didn’t ask for me.” 10:21 But as to Israel he says, “All day long I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
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