Day 79: Textbook Rebellion

Romans 9:19-24

You will say then to me, “Why does he still find fault? For who withstands his will?” But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed ask him who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” Or hasn’t the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel for honor, and another for dishonor? What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath made for destruction, and that he might make known the riches of his glory on vessels of mercy, which he prepared beforehand for glory, us, whom he also called, not from the Jews only, but also from the Gentiles?

When God forms one person for wrath and another person for glory, it is only His business. If a person says, “Because God is so unfair, I’m not going to believe in Him,” all they are
doing is proving that they are rebellious and that God is good and that God planned it that way. If a person turns to God, then it shows that God planned it all along and intended for that person to be an object of glory even though they didn’t deserve it. There is no one who can oppose God’s will, but there is no man who has any grounds to accuse God either.

When we don’t like this, it shows that we have sin. God is not sinning because it is His prerogative to do what He wants with His creation. When we disagree with this right that
God has, we show that we are rebellious people. It was rebellion against God’s rules that started sin in the world. God makes this very obvious by exposing our distaste for His power. We must stop our rebellion and allow God to be God. Once again, this doesn’t mean that we don’t make choices. We are free to make them, but it was God who formed us to make them.

We don’t know exactly why God does things but there certainly could be good reasons why God created evil. It makes sense that God would create evil to show how far He is willing to go to love someone. God wouldn’t be able to show His wrath if there was no evil. Our only choice is to bow or not to bow down to Him. We can be sure that if we bow willingly, it was because God already decided we would. There is no way to be stronger than The Almighty and someday everyone will bow whether they wanted to or not.