But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
1 Peter 2:7-8
Peter’s imagery of a building rejecting a stone is relevant. “Eh, I don’t need that one. It doesn’t fit well with this building.” Later when he sees the final building, the one he rejected – the one that didn’t fit well was a part of the foundation.
The disobedient will stumble on the rock that is before them. They will kick it, curse it, and reject it. What they are rejecting, however, is the truth of the Gospel.
So they go about stumbling in the dark even though the truth was right there in front of them. Often times, it is still in front of them. They choose over and over to ignore it. Their hearts become hardened but there’s always still hope.
Just remember that if you’re still praying for someone, God’s probably not finished with that person. That final chapter has not been written. You’re praying for that person for a reason. Don’t give up now; you never know how close that person is to believing.