March 10, 2015

I praise God that I am a vessel of mercy.  I am no longer a vessel of wrath.  The problem is I do not acknowledge this fact enough or do I fall on my knees enough in absolute gratitude for His patience with me, a prolific sinner.  Very easily I could have been a piece of pottery for ignoble use.  I could have remained a broken vessel that was tossed into the lake of fire at the time of judgment.  And since I am clay in the hands of the Potter, being molded as He wills, I cannot argue with His decision.  He does as He wills and neither do I have a say nor do I have the right to question how my God acts.  He is the Almighty and Sovereign God of all things created.

It is very easy to complain during our lifetime.  It is very easy to question why God didn’t do this for me and why God didn’t do that for me.  We see people who have no interest in God seemingly have an easy time in life.  They may go to church on Easter but it is just a formality and for appearances.  They have nice jobs and money to spend, and that is what we want.  We want fairness, and we want God to make things right.   When will He tilt things in our favor?

But God has dealt with me more than fairly.  I was destined for His wrath.  I was on my way to Hell with nothing to stop me.  But He intervened.  He chose to redeem me.  In His infinite patience with me and my rebellion He sent His Son to take my wrath.  I have been changed.  I am no longer a vessel destined for judgment and wrath, for ignoble purposes and destruction.  I am a vessel of mercy, of His mercy, destined to share in His Son’s kingdom and glory to come, a vessel for noble use.  Instead of pouring His wrath on me, He poured it out on His Son and I have received His mercy.  I am one of the elect, chosen by God as a demonstration of His power and mercy, and I praise my Lord and Savior for that.

Romans 9: 19-24: 19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 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?” 21 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? 22 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, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?

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