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Romans 9:19-29, God’s Wrath and Mercy

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God? Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and another for ordinary use?
— Romans 9:20-21

NL Daily Devotion for Monday, June 3, 2019

by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff


Given humanity’s propensity to rebel against God, I certainly understand the sentiment of the argument in this chapter of Romans. Indeed, I know many from both sides of the aisle who might argue for or against whatever trait they wish they didn’t (or do) have.

The point of today’s reading I believe is to challenge us. We are invited to consider the width, breadth, and depth to which God’s grace is willing to go. Throughout the entirety of Romans, the whole argument consistently falls back on the fact that, yes, each of us could sin all we wanted, and God would still forgive. But the whole point is that we were not created to be in constant rebellion with our Maker. Instead, we are gently beckoned to consider that there is a simpler, better way—the way of grace and trust.

Search my soul, O God. Help me to return to your path of righteousness. Amen.