Scripture: But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use? Romans 9:20,21 NIV
Observation: Paul clearly places God and man into their proper perspectives.
Application: I was talking to my pastor the other night and I was explaining how much of what I read in Romans is confusing to me. Paul says, “if I think this, but not that” or “since I was that but thought like this, I may have once meant to be…” I don’t mean to be blasphemous I just mean to say that the book is very hard for me to follow and understand most of the time. That said, today’s passages are very clear to me. Paul asks, “who are we to question God?” There is no misunderstanding in this to me. I get it and I agree with him…who am I? What right do I have? I need to know and understand that God is God and he created me. He did it for his pleasure and in his timing. He’s the Potter; I’m the clay and I exist because God wants me to exist. He’s in control and he loves me.
Prayer: Father, thank you for creating and caring for your creation. I know that at times I wonder “why,” but thank you for the passages in Romans that remind me that you are God and you are in charge. Thank you for loving me. Thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen