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The God Who Reaches Out

The God Who Reaches Out

Sundays are for devotion, and this brief devotional celebrates God as the One who reaches out to us.

There are no truly innocent human beings. Each of us has willfully rebelled against God, but even if we hadn’t, we would still be tainted by the sin of Adam, for “by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners” (Romans 5:19).

In Paul’s great letter to the church in Rome, he explains that in our sinful state, we actively suppress any knowledge of God, even denying the undeniable reality of his power and presence in creation. Our thinking about God and the state of our own souls becomes futile, our hearts become darkened, and we behave like fools— for “the fool says in his heart, There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1).

Yet the Bible assures us that we can have a genuine relationship with God. How can that be? It is possible only because God has taken the initiative. When we could not and would not reach out to him, he has reached out to us. “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly… God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6,8). That’s the kind of God we serve—the God who reaches out!

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