Today’s Scripture Selection: Romans 9:33

“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

Theologians with multiple advanced degrees and those with little formal education, and just about everybody in between have their opinions about.

Questions like these fill the air:

  • How does this thing called “salvation” come?
  • Is it necessary?
  • Are all religions the same?
  • Does God love everyone?
  • If so, how can there be something called Divine Judgment?
  • Isn’t everybody saved?
  • Who needs “saving” anyway?
  • Was Jesus just a good man or something more?
  • Where is Zion?
  • What’s a stumbling block?

On and on it goes – and I suppose it always will.  Questions are good – when they are asked with a real desire to learn or teach.

But, long before the time of Jesus, during his time, now, and into the future – it has been, is, and will be the same – these questions and others like them cause great division.

So, I like to remind myself what is at the core of it all.

There is a promise: “…the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

There is a simplicity about that statement that comforts me.

Even amidst all the questions over which we too often stumble.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your love that promises me I will never be put to shame as long as I trust in you.  AMEN.

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