I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God's reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written,
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that would not see
and ears that would not hear,
down to this very day.”
And David says,
“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
and bend their backs forever.”
by: Paula Davis.
Do you ever feel alone in following the Lord? Does it seem that everyone around you just has no interest? Perhaps there is someone you have been praying for to come to salvation but it seems hopeless. We must always remember that the Lord’s grace is never hopeless. Paul never gave up hope that God had a plan for his fellow Israelites. Even though it seemed they were bent on rejecting his message, Paul never lost faith that God would reach them. The ways of the Lord are perfect and His plans will be fulfilled. We must trust and be faithful even when we cannot see the end.