God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
Every story has a beginning. This is where the story of salvation begins, with a need.
Some people think they have everything figured out. Some think that they will figure it out eventually. Some think that they are “good enough” to be pleasing to God.
The Lord says that none seek him. None that truly understand what it takes to be considered holy and pleasing to God. Sure, some try. Some make it their life’s ambition to be “good.” But God demands perfection. Not because he’s unloving. Just the opposite.
Heaven is designed to be a place with no sin. No baggage. No bad habits. No shades of grey or hedging of bets. It is all good and perfect love. No mortal man is worthy of that. We don’t even know how to achieve that level of perfection. It is beyond our comprehension.
Understanding the futility of earning one’s own salvation is the first step to achieving that salvation through grace because you have to admit that you need help. Pride is striped away (sometimes painfully) and humility is born.
It is kind of a “darkest before the dawn” situation in that we must be humbled before we can be glorified (in Christ). Thankfully where we fall short, the Lord is abundant. So if you are feeling down or humbled or broken, do not despair. It might be God preparing you for glory. It could be the beginning of a wonderful story all your own.