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Thursday, August 08, 2002

Edifier du jour-Romans 9:18-24 (NASB)
18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. 19 You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?" 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, "Why did you make me like this," will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? 22 What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.
Chapter 7 had me lecturing on backseat-driving; I'm in the mood to take a go at Monday Morning Quarterbacking. We had a nasty tendency to be asking God why He chose this or that rather than accepting what He had done. We get jealous of people who are more used than us and wonder why He made people who don't love Him. To the extent that God appreciates a thankful and receptive heart, we should strive not to fight the Potter's hand as He shapes our lives and the lives around us. We should look at His creation with wonder rather than as a critic. For criticism and understanding the whys assumes that we can understand God's thought processes. We were made in His image, but yet we don't have the brainpower to understand God fully. I'm reminded of the Nicholson line in A Few Good Men-"You can't handle the truth!" Not that there's some sort of dark, scandalous corner of the mind of God that is too hard for the believer to accept, but that the complexity of the universe is beyond our ability to understand fully. We can't handle the complexities of the mind of God. God may not answer all of our whys because we're not up to understanding them. Footnote 1-Pastor Gipson was doing Colossians 3:12 last night. I was going to go over that one, but I did that back in May, relating it to Blogosphere mores or lack thereof. It's worth a re-read. Footnote 2-I've never seen A Few Good Men, but that line's gotten out into the culture. Part of the Clift's Notes version of pop culture.

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