Perfectly Molded For God’s Glory

Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards by Dr. Owen Strachan is one of the richest parts of my day. It has become the starting point to read from the wise counsel of both Jonathan Edwards and Dr. Strachan which then leads to the Word of God to further expand on the selected scripture. On April 14, the passage was Romans 9:15 – “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

This took me to Romans chapter 9, which was read multiple times. The richness of God’s Sovereignty and Prerogative is so beautifully conveyed by the Apostle Paul. Notice in vs. 21-23 “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? 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, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—”

Have you ever used a potter’s wheel? I took a class years ago and it takes great patience and skill to create works of art. I can’t tell you how many times I made mistakes and had to start over. However, God makes no mistakes. Vs 17 reminds us of Israel in captivity in Egypt when God used Pharaoh so He “might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Many times we wonder why things are allowed to happen the way they do. We may not always see the finished work of art or understand all the processes God uses to ensure His plan is molded perfectly. But let us trust God’s word, His wisdom and His will. He is the potter and we are the clay. We are perfectly molded for God’s glory.