June 20 SOAP

Scripture: ‘All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” Romans 10:21

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Observation: In my mind I picture a mother who stands with her arms wide open as if to receive a hug from a child but that child has not the time or desire to go and hug their own mother but would rather continue in whatever pursuit they are involved in. God in the same way stands with open arms waiting for us to run into his arms but we are disobedient or too caught up in our own lives to have a relationship with God.

Application: After spending the previous part of this chapter celebrating the fact the through Jesus all people can come to know God and experience salvation, Paul ends this chapter with a sobering reminder that although salvation is now possible through Jesus not everyone will take advantage of it and God will be left standing with arms open wide to receive us and we will continue to run away and resist him.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the salvation that I have received in Jesus and may I never take for granted the love and acceptance of God who stands ready and willing to accept anyone who would surround their lives to him.

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