When God Changes Things
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 10:1-4)
Paul was trained and raised to minister to Jewish people. His lineage, schooling, and every connection he had pointed him toward those with family backgrounds from the people of Israel. However, Paul’s plan was not God’s plan. God purposed to make Paul the Apostle to the Gentile world despite his Jewish credentials.
In Romans 10, Paul wrote that his deeply held desire was for the people of Israel to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Although he was called to a different people group, his own lineage and nation were still on his heart. He even commended the fact that the people were passionately devoted to God, but they didn’t yet possess the knowledge of accepting Christ.
According to Paul’s understanding, the Jewish people’s desire to establish their righteousness separated them from the grace and love of Jesus. Since they continued to depend on their works of righteousness, they didn't rely on Jesus'.
Paul realized that God changed things for the better. Paul, who assumed himself to be a minister to the Jewish people, was instead called to minister to Gentiles. When God changes things, it's not always easy, but it is always for the better.
Practical Application – In what ways has God asked you to change from your routine? Ask God to show you where and how to change so you can follow His will more perfectly.
Psalm 119:139; Galatians 1:14