PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
By Faith Not By WorksRichard Waialeale
Romans 9:30-32 (NIV) 30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."
During Paul’s missionary journey, the rejection of the Gospels by the Jews kept increasing. When the Bible says the “Law of Righteousness,” it is referring to the Mosaic Law from the Old Testament during the time of Moses. It is significant because it was in the O.T. that Israel received the Mosaic Law that was to be a schoolmaster pointing the way towards the coming of Christ (Galatians 3:24-25). The Mosaic Law would reveal to people their sinfulness and their need for a Savior, and it is the Mosaic Law that Christ Himself said that He did not come to abolish but to fulfill. This is an important point because some people get confused by thinking that keeping the Law saved people in the Old Testament, but the Bible is clear that salvation has always been by faith alone, and the promise of salvation by faith that God had made to Abraham as part of the Abrahamic Covenant still remained in effect (Galatians 3:16-18). The stumbling stone is Jesus.
DL Moody said it best: “I’m glad that we don’t get to heaven by works. Otherwise when I get there, I would have to listen to people bragging of how they got to heaven.”Keep the faith. Righteousness is doing the right thing even when only God sees. I’m not looking for affirmation, just that I do what’s right in God’s eyes. Even if it means to step out in faith.
Lord I pray for Your wisdom to guide and build Your people here at NHSS. By faith I will walk in the direction You lead me Lord, In Christ Name I Pray. Amen.