“‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ So it does not depend on the man who wills, or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”
This passage can be hard to wrap your mind around. I mean, what? God hated Esau? Then, right smack dab in the middle, it says, “who are you, O man, who answers back to God?” making it impossible to argue.
Let’s take a look at that question, “who are, O man?” It reminds me of Job 38:2 “who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?”
Who do we think we are?
Most every view of ourselves is incorrect. Our beauty and success is measured by comparison. We believe opinions more readily than facts. We can, in one moment, feel deeply ashamed, and in the next, super self righteous.
We’ve spent the last 8 chapters hearing about this beautiful, underserved grace and salvation, the benefits of being One with Christ, then God lets us in on some of His big picture stuff and we’re like, “Wait a minute… That doesn’t seem fair…” Yeah! It’s not fair! Haven’t you been listening? You deserved to DIE!
But then what else does He say about us?
We are under no condemnation in Chrsit Jesus.
We are deeply known and perfectly loved.
He orchestrates everything into an ultimate good for those who He calls.
Nothing can separate us from His love.
The list goes on. So, who are we? His creation, whom He loves and self sacrificingly saves, drawing us into truth, out of a sea or lies and opinions. He is trustworthy. We hardly know which way is up.
Humility is hard for us. Impossible without the help of His Spirit, but it’s the appropriate response to Romans 9. Also, gratitude.