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Romans 9:22-24
Monday, February 27 2012

Show of Power...

Did God create us just to show off His power over us?

"What if God, wishing to show his wrath and make known his power, has endured with much patience the vessels of wrath made for destruction? This was to make known the riches of his glory to the vessels of mercy, which he has prepared previously for glory, namely, us whom he has called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles." -Romans 9:22-24, NAB

Over the centuries, there have been great examples of God's wrath.  The story of Noah and the flood is one of the greatest as God wipes out the whole world with a great flood, except for a chosen few.  In stories like this, it is easy to see the awesome power of God, but did He create us simply to show off that power?  No.

We are given examples of His wrath so that we understand what He is capable of, but what God truly wants to do is show off His mercy.  His goal is not to destroy the world, but to lift it up.  When attempts to reach us failed time and time again, He had one choice left:  send His Son.

Through Christ, God has shown us the ultimate act of mercy.  He longs for us to come back to Him like the prodigal son and accept the grace and glory that He openly offers us.  Still, there are those who still cannot see His love for us, yet He patiently waits.

This grace continues to expand.  First, it began with God building a relationship with one man and one woman - Adam and Eve.  It then extended to Noah's family, Abraham's descendants, and the Kingdom of Israel.  Now, through Christ's death on the cross, God's mercy has been shown for the whole world to see, and that is His true goal - to extend mercy to every nation.

At any time, God could choose to bring down His wrath on any one of us, or the whole world for that matter.  However, He chooses to continue extending love, grace, and mercy to us.  We should be thankful that God chooses to extend His mercy, and not His wrath.  Our God is truly a loving, merciful, wonderful God.  I leave you with this, my favorite verse from the Bible.  It follows one of the most well-known verses today, but it says just as much:

"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."  -John 3:17, NAB

 

 

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