An insight into the Mind of the Omniscient One….
Paul writes in Romans 9 that God has the authority to show mercy upon whom He will have mercy. The apostle asks, “Who is man that he should talk back to God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?” Paul declared that God is the Potter and we are the clay. The psalmist said, “It is He that hath made us and not we ourselves.”
The question then is ‘Can God do with us as He pleases?’ Paul asked the church if God had the authority to make something noble out of something common. He writes, “What if God withholds His judgment against the people that are destined to be destroyed? Or What if God shows mercy on those who should be punished?”
We are filled with finality. We see in black and white, but God is the Judge of all mankind. He is like a potter who holds the discarded clay that is good for nothing, but decides to recreate something worthy out of it. Everyone knows the condition of the clay. The onlooker, the other ‘pottery’ determines the clay to be unusable and worthless, but the pottery is only a creation of the potter. Can you see it now? How is it that we decide who is worthy of God’s promotion and who is not? Isaiah said, Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. The prophet confessed that whatever we might become, it is the work of the Hand of the Lord. We are not our own creation. We are only blessed to have been in His Hand. Jeremiah’s vision revealed it so…
Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole