verses 14-15: How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
These verses put into words something I have thought a lot about over my lifetime. I have always wondered (and worried) about those who spend their entire lives never hearing about Jesus, through no fault of their own. They may live in a part of the world where the gospel has not been shared. Those who spend their lives sharing the gospel are “beautiful.” I also believe God has a way of reaching everyone at some point before their final moments on earth. Surely God would not withhold the option of eternal life with him. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Certainly no one is left out, unable to join in this promise, this hope.
Heavenly Father, I am confident you make it possible for all of mankind to know you and to spend eternity with you. I am not at all sure how it is done, but you have let us know you are the God of all. I am thankful and want to be worthy of your love and your promise. Amen