BIBLE READING: ROMANS 9
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
This is an extremely good question that is asked in verse 20. “Who art thou that repliest against God?” Let me put it this way, ‘Who do you think you are fighting against God’? The thing that is created does not have authority over the one that created it. The creator always has authority over the creation, no exceptions. The clay does not have control over the potter. Obviously, the potter is the one that has control over the clay. So, what makes us think that we should tell God what to do?
God is omnipotent, which means He has all power. He is the potter and we are just the vessel. God does not owe mercy to us, but He shows mercy on us, as His vessels, so that He can be glorified according to verse twenty-three. Who do we think we are trying to fight against what God is trying to do? He is the potter and we are just the clay. He is the creator and we are just the created. He is the craftsman; we are just a vessel. We do not deserve mercy, but God gives us mercy, so why would we fight against that? When God has finished making his vessel, His intention is for the vessel to glorify Him. Our only purpose as vessels, is to bring glory to God.
I encourage you today, do not fight against God. Do not struggle against what God is trying to do. He is making you and me into something that will bring glory to Him. God could destroy us at any time if He wanted to show how powerful He is, but God shows mercy to show greater power in a greater way.