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Romans 9:21: Has The Potter No Right Over The Clay?

Romans 9:21
[21] Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? (ESV)

I remember when I was in middle school. In art class we were able to make things out of clay. I was so excited. I had never used clay before and I wanted to make something that I could be proud of. At that time I was in love with peregrine falcons. So, I crafted a peregrine falcon out of a piece of clay. I shaped it from a lump to a very smart looking bird.

I remember the teacher reminding all of us that it was very important to get all of the air bubbles out of the clay because after we were finished shaping our clay projects they would be going into the kiln. The kiln was hundreds of degrees. If there were air bubbles still in the clay the project we had worked so hard on would be destroyed.

I want to tell you that my peregrine falcon survived the kiln. It did not. I say all of that to say this. God is the master creator. He takes a lump of clay and makes out of it exactly what he purposes. Some things might be for honorable use. Other things may be for dishonorable use. He has the right to make whatever he wants. Just like I wanted to make a bird for honor, God makes what he pleases.

You and I can look at the lives of people on this earth. We can see that some are very honorable and some dishonorable. The Lord God made them all. We could criticize the ones who are dishonorable, but that is not our right. The one who creates has the right to make what he wants. In all things we should see that God makes things, honorable and dishonorable, for his ultimate glory.

What kind of life is God creating out of you? Allow his hands to work out the air bubbles so that you will be able to survive the fiery tests of this life. Give him glory and praise him as the master creator.


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