19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? 22What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. (Romans 9:19-24 NASB)
From Genesis to Revelation there is no chapter with as much simplicity and depth than Romans 9. This was the chapter that God used and still uses to help me understand His complete sovereignty. One thing that has always shocked me about this particular text is the lack of attention it has gotten in the pulpit. It’s a hard truth, but an essential truth for the Christian. At one point or another, I know very few people who would genuinely say, “God created Adolf Hitler to kill jews. God created Tim McVeigh to create the bomb in Oklahoma City.” Many people would disagree with me, but the scripture is found in Romans 9. This has proved to be a great test to my faith accepting this truth. I believe in God and I trust His Word. Scripture is the authoritative word for my life; not my feelings, theories, doctrine, wants, or logic. It is my prayer that all of the things I listed coincide with Scripture. But until that glorious day through sanctification comes I hold fast to God’s Word!
After reading Romans 9:19-24 over and over again I found clarity in the text. Does not the Potter have right over the clay! Think about where you keep your plates. For me it’s in my cabinet. In there I have cereal bowls, nice plates, paper plates, and plates that will never see the kitchen table because they are at the very bottom of the stack. I’m not gonna use a paper plate to hold my cereal, but that’s my choice. I’m not unjust in doing that because they are my plates. A very silly and simple look at such a very deep and real characteristic of God. So the next time when you hear a someone say, “I think everyone is going to go to Heaven.” You can come up with a clever remark about unused plates during dinner. Never look in the kitchen cabinet again without thinking about that passage!
Food for thought: (Please read all of Romans 9 for full context)
– Are people born gay?
– Does God hate people?