11I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.
12Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!
13But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,
14if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.
15For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
Why? Why does god have this grand scheme of divine appointment? Why can’t we just all be saved and be done with it? Why must some of us suffer? For the glory of God.
Israel’s rejection has a purpose: for Gentiles to be saved. That’s us, folks! Let’s think of it on a more personal level. Do you know someone who isn’t saved? Isn’t it frustrating when you try to explain things to them and they don’t “get it”? Absolutely. Guess what though, God has a purpose for that person’s rejection. Verse 15 talks about resurrection from the dead. It’s a metaphor for spiritual deadness. How much more glorifying to God will it be when he pulls them out of that rejection and into His grace?
There’s a reason for everything. I’m gaining more and more faith in this fact day by day. We need to realize that things happen for a reason, because God let it happen. Why? Who cares? Really! I mean, if we believe He has it all under control and we want to serve Him through worship and praise, then why do we curse God when bad things happen? Shouldn’t we thank God that it’s in His hands and not our own or someone else’s? This is what I try to remind myself when “bad things happen.”
Who do you blame for bad things in your life and why? There’s no vindication through it. Rejecting God because there is pain in the world only makes the pain worse. It’s like getting cut and instead of putting salve and a bandaid on it (God’s healing), you pick at it and throw dirt in it. So now, not only do we reject healing, but we make it worse! This is what we do when we get angry at God for troubles in our lives. It’s all for a purpose. We have a choice to use it to glorify Him or curse him.
What will you choose next time?