7 What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; 8 just as it is written,“God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes to see not and ears to hear not, down to this very day.”  9 And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, and a stumbling block and a retribution to them.  10 “Let their eyes be darkened to see not, and bend their backs forever” (Romans 11).

A lost person either stumbles into the Kingdom or else stumbles over it.  These are the only scenarios.  They who stumble into the Kingdom do so because they are so drunk on their own sin and are simply unable to walk a straight on the narrow way of God’s standards.  They would never come close to getting there, had the Lord not chosen them and helped them along.

They who stumble over the Kingdom do so because they do not see the power of God that is plainly before their eyes.  The Gospel has the power to save because God has the power to raise from the dead, and the historical record of the empty tomb is fully accurate and undeniable.  Eyes are too proud to look down to see the Stumbling Block right before their eyes.

Lord, thank You for letting us stumble into Your Kingdom.  Help us This Day to be Your instruments of help to others who might also stumble into it—as well as instruments to keep others from stumbling over it.  Amen.