Romans 9:19-23 (NLT)
19 Well then, you might say, “Why does God blame people for not responding? Haven’t they simply done what he makes them do?” 20 No, don’t say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn’t he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into? 22 In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who are destined for destruction. 23 He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory.
Here in these verses the apostle discusses how God uses people differently for his own purpose. As the creator it is His right to create those as He wishes. The argument arises that if God creates someone for His purpose haven’t they simply done as He willed them? But the apostle argues that while God has the right to show His anger and power, He also has the right to be patient with those on whom his anger falls. We do not know all the facts as God knows; therefore who are we to question God.
Life is sometimes hard. Even King Solomon in his writings acknowledges that fact. We have to realize it was sin that made life difficult. It is sin that brought about the fall of man and changed a course of history. It is sin that leads people to do things contrary to God’s nature. It’s often said sin takes people further than they want to go, and keeps them there longer than they want to stay. There are some God has set aside to be examples of holy living. There are others God has chosen to illustrate the pain and suffering of sin. God does this that we might see sin and recognize its devastating effect. And God in his mercy shows patience more abundantly to those who He has chosen to illustrate the suffering of sin. God as the creator has all rights to do as He wills. He creates a purpose for our lives and sets that purpose in motion. Job realized as he argued with God who are we to decide we are more righteous than Him? Who are we to question His works when He designed every little detail of the universe? Jesus told a parable about workers paid to labor in the fields. Some arrived early in the morning to work, while others arrived later in the day. It seemed unfair those who came early received the same pay as those who arrived late in the day. When the owner of the fields was questioned about the money he asked were they not told they would receive a certain amount of money to which they responded yes. Then he asked them, was it unlawful to do as he pleased with what was his? Do you question if God has a right to do with your life as He pleases? Pray God will help you to understand His purpose for your life. Praise God that He is in control and has a plan.