Romans 9:32–Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.
Paul is explaining why the people of Israel had missed out on the best that God had to offer for them. They missed it because they thought they could earn it. They thought they could work it up and could see God do amazing and wonderful things because of what they themselves had done. However, they missed the fact that God blesses because of our faith and His mercy. Are we trying to pursue God based on our works? If so, we’re stumbling over the same stumbling stone. We are to come to God by faith, not by works.
Father, my works are not even close to good enough. I come to You by faith, begging for Your mercy. I know that if it wasn’t for Your mercy, I would be lost without hope. I will hope in You, not myself.