VERNA’S DAILY DEVOTIONAL

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019

ROMANS 9:16

ROMANS 9:16
SO RECEIVING GOD’S PROMISE IS NOT UP TO US. WE CAN’T GET IT BY CHOOSING IT OR WORKING HARD FOR IT. GOD WILL SHOW MERCY TO ANYONE HE CHOOSES.

 

PAUL HAS JUST GIVEN A LESSON ON GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY. 

WHEN GOD CHOSE THE “JEWS” IT WAS NOT BECAUSE THEY WERE SPECIAL, OR BETTER THAN ANY OTHER PEOPLE GROUP. HE SIMPLY SELECTED A MAN WHO WOULD BELIEVE, HAVE FAITH, AND TRUST IN HIM, AND THE PEOPLE GROUP KNOWN AS THE “JEWS” EVOLVED. 

WHEN GOD CHOSE TO PLACE JACOB BEFORE ESAU IN TERMS OF BLESSINGS, AND IN TERMS OF FUTURE PROSPERITY AND OBEDIENCE TO HIM, HE WAS FOLLOWING HIS OWN PLAN, RATHER THAN RESPONDING TO ANY EXTERNAL REQUESTS, DESIRES, OR WISHES. GOD IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO EXPLAIN HIMSELF TO ANY OF US.

SO IT IS TRUE NOW JUST AS IT WAS THEN, THAT GOD OFTEN CHOOSES CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS, OR CAUSES PARTICULAR EVENTS TO OCCUR, ACCORDING TO HIS WILL AND PURPOSE, INDEPENDENT OF WHAT ANY INDIVIDUAL NATION, OR PEOPLE GROUP MAY PREFER OR HOW THEY THINK IT SHOULD BE.

GOD’S PEOPLE NEED TO STEP BACK IN REVERENCE AND AWE, EXERCISING CAUTION IN THEIR EXPECTATIONS AND ASSUMPTIONS, BECAUSE IT IS WE WHO ARE TO FOLLOW HIM AND NOT HIM WHO IS TO BEND IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR WAYS AND WISHES.

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