Paul goes on about Israel, where he left off in Romans 9. The Message Bible uses the heading, "The Loyal Minority," meaning the steadfast Jews who are "convinced of God's grace and purpose in choosing them." Then Paul adds, "The chosen ones of God were those who let God pursue his interest in them..." He then quotes Moses and Isaiah:
Fed up with their quarrelsome, self-centered ways, God blurred their eyes and dulled their ears, shut them in on themselves in a hall of mirrors, and they're there to this day.
Hmmm, that could describe some of us today who aren't Israelites.
Shut up in a hall of mirrors.
Where the only reflection you see is your own?
Where you can't find your way out because of your own reflection coming from every angle?
As humans, our first instinct usually is to care about ourselves, how we feel, how things affect us. Sometimes we get locked in the hall of mirrors for a long time before we think to look up and see a clear way out.
My message is short today. It's a simple one. I'm trying to get the reflection off of myself all the time and rather mirror the reflection of God who lives in me.