by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Reading: Romans 9:1-24; Psalm 19:1-14
READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Romans 9:21 “Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use?”
Romans 9:21 speaks clearly of God’s sovereignty. It means that as God, He can do whatever He wants. In this context, it is the sovereignty of God to create men and women; some for honourable use and some for dishonourable use. The end point as said in Romans 9:23; is that God’s Name be glorified.
Yet, even as God is sovereign; He allows human beings the freedom to act. As the example of Pharaoh is used; we note that it wasn’t until the sixth plague that God actively “hardened” Pharaoh’s heart. For the first five plagues, Pharaoh was (according to Hebrew grammar) literally hardening his own heart. This interplay between God and Pharaoh on the hardening of the latter’s heart demonstrated how God’s sovereignty is dynamically linked to the human will.
The idea of God’s sovereignty is not easy to accept. In things that are good, we often celebrate God’s sovereign hands. However, in the bad things that happened, we seldom celebrate if at all. Often, we hear testimonies that speak of victories and successes; testimonies that celebrate failures are less common. On Wednesday evening, I shared with the LCEC about how my past failure as a group leader helped me to learn more about God’s heart for leadership. On hindsight, I should have also shared that this is something to be celebrated. For God’s sovereignty has enabled something bad to be turned into something useful for His glory.
Lord our God, may you help me to understand more and more about Your sovereignty in my life. You are the Potter, I am the clay. Shape me and mould me, in Your own way. Amen.