Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much, in every way. For in the first place the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Will their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Although everyone is a liar, let God be proved true, as it is written,
“So that you may be justified in your words,
and prevail in your judging.”
But if our injustice serves to confirm the justice of God, what should we say? That God is unjust to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) By no means! For then how could God judge the world? But if through my falsehood God’s truthfulness abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? And why not say (as some people slander us by saying that we say), “Let us do evil so that good may come”? Their condemnation is deserved!
I love Paul’s statement in this passage about the faithfulness of God. “Will their faithfulness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means!” As I read this passage today, I just kept zeroing in on that singular line – can we do anything that will nullify God’s faithfulness? No we cannot. So, I spent most of the day today thinking about the different things in my life that I can count on no matter what. I thought of many of them, but I kept going back to beauty, specifically the beauty of a sunrise. I am a morning person. I love waking up early before anyone else and to see the first glimpses of light rising each morning. I love the quietness of a morning and the beauty that erupts most mornings as the sun rises. As I see it, I often think about what a tremendous blessing it is to begin each day with a reminder of faithfulness – that as the sun rises, there is a creator behind the creation, and if the sun is that faithful, how much more must be the God behind it all.