There has been a universal proclamation of the gospel through nature. We read about it in Romans 10:19-20:
. . . what may be known about God is plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse (Romans 10:19-20)
Now people always ask, “What about those who have never heard about God?” The answer is “There aren’t any people who have never heard about God.” Everywhere people know something about God. He is revealed in nature. There is a universal proclamation in nature itself, which if observed, if noticed and followed, will result in more light given.
But concerning Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.” (Romans 10:21)
Israel rejected the message concerning Christ. Many today also reject it as well. However, God is patient. He continues to show mercy. Here is the truth of the matter. Even though people reject him, God is patient with them.
He said, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.” When you think about it, that day has lasted for thousands of years now. He has held out his hands to Israel and continually inviting them in. This is the picture of a loving God, standing with open arms, inviting people to run to Him and accept the Christ.
His patience reveals his mercy. Let no one think they can accuse God of a lack of mercy and compassion. If people go to Hell, it will not be God’s fault. He has been patient with humanity beyond anything we deserve. He has pleaded with hard-hearted humans who have long resisted his message. No, God is exceedingly merciful and compassionate. He loves you and me so much that he sent His Son to die for us.
The question is whether we have ears to hear and hearts to respond. If you hear his call, respond in faith. What is the Lord saying to you today?
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