He calls…

Romans 10:14-21

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,

Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?”  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed:

“Their sound has gone out to all the earth,

And their words to the ends of the world.”

 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says:

“I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation,

I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.”

 But Isaiah is very bold and says:

“I was found by those who did not seek Me;

I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”

But to Israel he says:

“All day long I have stretched out My hands

To a disobedient and contrary people.”

He calls and we can be a part of it.  The importance of sharing is revealed.  When we share the Word of God, we share His voice.  It is calling to those who cross our paths.  Their response or non-response is not our affair.  Our sharing is our affair, to be found faithful to give glory to God, to tell of His greatness, to offer His love and concern to others.  Be the one whose feet are called beautiful because they take us to those who need to hear.  Hearing begins the process of reunion with the Creator.

Do all who hear our sharing receive?  No.  Time and again, God seeks out and calls to his creation:

All day long I have stretched out My hands

To a disobedient and contrary people.”

He is so longsuffering, so patient.  Can we do any less?

It was stated recently that of all the religions  and all the gods worshipped by mankind, Christianily and Judiasm are the only ones whose God seeks them.  All others are sought by mankind. Our God cares, loves and calls to us.

“I was found by those who did not seek Me;

I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”

And again:

“All day long I have stretched out My hands

To a disobedient and contrary people.”

And we can respond with the poet, David:

    Psalm 63

A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.

Oh God, You are my God

And I will ever praise You

I will seek You in the morning

And I will learn to walk in Your ways

And Step by step You’ll lead me

And I will follow You all of my days – lyrics from Step by Step

 He calls, what is our response?

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