Broken off because of unbelief - ouch (Romans 11:20)

"That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe." - Romans 11:20

A friend of mine recently led her father to the Lord and he's been asking me all kinds of questions as a new believer. He asked me to give him the 5 minute version of the God/Bible story, which I did and then he asked me, "Why don't the Jews believe in Jesus?"

There could always be this one ridiculous answer.

I told him it was because the Jews were looking for a king with diamonds in his crown rather than a King who washes his followers feet. They didn't think Jesus could possibly be THE Messiah they were waiting for.

Then this morning as I was reading through Romans 11 I'm thinking about the consequences of this. They didn't believe this guy was the Messiah (which it almost seems safer to think 'maybe He's not' than 'yea, I guess this is Him') and then they were cut off and gentiles were grafted in. Pretty fascinating stuff.

And what does it take for us to be cut off and thrown out? Not much. A little unbelief is all. So we're called to humble ourselves and remember our awesome creator.

I've mentioned several times that I live in a city where the sun never shines. I just got back home last night and I'm shocked at this place. I spent two weeks in a city where the sun was visible everyday and the weather was amazing. I took three good and long mountain biking trips (one of which ended up with me and a friend completely lost in the mountains for 3 hours... it was a blast) and saw the Lord's beautiful creation up close and stood in awe. It's easy for me to forget how awesome our creator is when I live in a cement jungle, His creation is still everywhere, it's just buried in man's ugliness. Help me to remember Lord, to believe.