You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? As indeed he says in Hosea, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”~ Romans 9:19-26
Oh, how tempting it is for us vessels of clay to question the Potter! We say we totally trust and believe Him, but when something happens that we don’t understand, we wonder. When we think we see clearly what should happen, we move ahead, perhaps in the wrong direction. Praise God that we who were not His people are now called “sons of the living God.”
Forgive me, Father, when I try to do things in my own power rather than Yours, when I think my way is better than Your way that I don’t understand. Give me true faith and complete trust in You, so that I follow even when I can’t see what lies ahead, even when I can’t comprehend. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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