Romans 9:15...21 - God is Sovereign, as well as, Just, Gracious and Compassionate.

Romans 9:15...21 (NIV) For he says to Moses, 
"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I 
will have compassion on whom I have compassion." 
 Does not the potter have the right to make 
out of the same lump of clay some pottery for 
noble purposes and some for common use? 

Romans 9:15...21 (NLT) For God said to 
Moses, I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and 
I will show compassion to anyone I choose. 
 When a potter makes jars out of clay, 
doesnt he have a right to use the same lump of clay 
to make one jar for decoration and another to 
throw garbage into?  

Romans 9:15...21 (AMP) For He says to Moses, 
I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy 
and I will have compassion (pity) on whom I will 
have compassion.  That nature (creation) 
itself will be set free from its bondage to decay 
and corruption [and gain an entrance] into the 
glorious freedom of God's children. 

Romans 9:15...21 (CWR) God even told Moses, 
I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, 
and I will be merciful to whom I will be 
merciful.  Doesn't the one who makes the jar have 
the right to choose what kind to make? Doesn't 
he make some jars for special use and others 
for everyday use, whatever is needed? 


This is a magnificent expression of the 
sovereignty of God, whereby Yahweh inevitably and 
without exception accomplishes His will and purpose 
through free-willed agents acting freely but 
responsibly. Man must be a free agent to be in the image 
of God, and God must be immutable, i.e., 
unchanging, in order to be God (Mal. 3:6). Permitting or 
overruling the acts of man without infringing upon his 
freedom or interrupting his responsibility (e.g., 
the brothers of Joseph in Gen. 37:26-28; 45:5) 
is an awesome expression of God's providence. 
[Believers SB re Pro. 16:9] 

   God in His wisdom chooses the agencies by 
whom He accomplishes His purposes. If those whom 
He selects to perform a certain office fail, He 
chooses others to take their place. Men are 
admonished to cooperate with Heavens plans, and not 
to run if the Lord has not called them (see 
Jer. 23:21)  
   God reserves to Himself perfect freedom 
to deal with men on His own conditions, and not 
on theirs, without, of course, interfering with 
their opportunity for personal salvation  
   Some theologians have been led to read 
into these verses ideas that Paul never intended. 
Calvin understood them to mean that God arbitrarily 
created some men for salvation and others for 
destruction. Such a concept of Gods purpose is not in 
agreement with Pauls explanation elsewhere in this 
same epistle that God shows not partiality (Rom. 
2:11) but judges each man according to his works 
(ch. 2:6"10; cf. ch. 3:22, 23) and will save 
everyone who calls upon Him (ch. 10:12, 13). [SDA 
Bible Commentary] 


Even Your Weaknesses Bring Glory to God
   Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, 
Personality, Experiences - these are the five things that 
make you, you. I call them your SHAPE. 
   Accepting your SHAPE - the unique way God 
made you to bring glory to him - means to believe 
God knows best. It all comes down to a matter of 
trust. Do you believe God made a mistake when he 
made you? Or do you trust him, knowing he has a 
plan for your life?  
   Many of us make these kinds of statements 
to God: There are things I dont like about 
myself. I wish I had a different hair color. I wish 
I were taller, shorter, skinnier. I wish I had 
more talent. I wish I could do that. I wish 
I looked like him. I wish I had her smarts. 
And on and on our lists go.  
   This kind of thinking is basically 
telling God, You blew it! Everybody else is okay. 
But you goofed up when you made me.  
   When you reject yourself, you are in 
essence rejecting God, because hes your Creator. 
When you dont accept yourself, its 
rebellion against God. Youre saying, God, I know 
better than you. You should have made me 
differently, with a different set of strengths and a 
different set of weaknesses. 
   But God says, No, I created you 
exactly the way you are because I want you to be 
you"with your strengths and your weaknesses. All of 
it can give me glory - if youll just start 
doing what I made you to do instead of trying to 
be like everybody else.  
   Its actually quite arrogant to reject 
yourself. The Bible says in Romans 9:20, My friend, 
I ask, Who do you think you are to question 
God? Does the clay have the right to ask the 
potter why he shaped it the way he did? 
   Whenever you doubt Gods love and 
wisdom, you get into trouble. The root behind many 
of lifes problems is that you dont trust 
God. You dont believe God really loves you. 
You dont believe he really has your best 
interest at heart. You wish he had made you something 
different. As a result, you have a spirit of bitterness 
that produces frustration and keeps you from 
being the person God wants you to be. 
   But you dont have to live that way - 
there is hope! Job 10:10 says, You guided my 
conception and formed me in the womb (NLT). God 
wanted you, and he loves you. He shaped you just 
the way you are for his glory. Believe it, and 
then trust it! [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


He Is God
   Theologians love to speculate about what 
God will and won't do. Huge theological debates 
surround the issue of whom God will save and whom He 
will not save. Some of those self-appointed 
critics complain that God is not being fair or just 
in His dealing with people, speaking as if God 
is somehow accountable to us for His actions. 
While it is true that God remains consistent with 
Himself and that He has set forth His standards and 
expectations in Scripture, we are foolish to think that 
we can evaluate, much less judge, what He 
chooses to do. Ultimately God will save whom He will 
save and judge those He chooses to judge  
because He is God! He is sovereign! He is not 
answerable to us. He is also infinitely wise. He knows 
every person's heart and motive. He is not fooled 
by appearances. God is perfectly, infinitely 
just. We don't need to try to understand all of 
God's actions. It is enough to know that 
everything He does is just, loving, and good. [Being 
Still With God Every Day by Henry Blackaby re vs. 

On the Potters Wheel
   I once visited a potters house in 
Greece and tried my hand at throwing the clay. It 
was a lot harder than I thought. The potter, on 
the other hand, was very capable. He could take 
lumps of nothingness and form it into amazing 
   Writing to the believers in Rome, the 
apostle Paul said, Who are you, a mere human 
being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was 
created say to the one who created it, Why have 
you made me like this? When a potter makes 
jars out of clay, doesnt he have a right to 
use the same lump of clay to make one jar for 
decoration and another to throw garbage into? 
(Romans 9:20"21 NLT). 
   God has us on His wheel, and we decide 
whether to be resistant or pliable. We can actually 
sabotage Gods plans for our lives. Gods plans 
for us are better than our plans for ourselves. 
But we can still sabotage them by being 
   Yes, God chooses you, but you must choose 
Him as well. 
   Philippians 2 says, Work hard to show 
the results of your salvation, obeying God with 
deep reverence and fear. For God is working in 
you, giving you the desire and the power to do 
what pleases him (verses 12"13 NLT). 
   God has a plan. Dont sabotage it. I 
know things seem random at times. There are times 
when Ive said, Lord, I dont get this at 
all. This makes no sense to me. 
   But heres what I do understand. God 
loves me. God chose me. And He is in control of my 
   His plan for you will come together. It 
all will make sense one day. Maybe not today. 
Maybe not tomorrow. But one day. Until that day, 
be pliable clay on the Potters wheel. And 
watch what the Lord will do. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com re 
Ephesians 2:10] 


Thump-Thud, Thump-Thud
   When a potter bakes a pot, he checks its 
solidity by pulling it out of the oven and thumping 
it. If it sings, its ready. If it 
thuds, its placed back in the oven. 
   The character of a person is also checked 
by thumping. Been thumped lately? 
   Late-night phone calls. Grouchy teacher. 
Grumpy moms. Burnt meals. Flat tires. 
Youve-got-to-be-kidding deadlines. Those are thumps. Thumps are 
those irritating inconveniences that trigger the 
worst in us. They catch us off guard. Flat-footed. 
They arent big enough to be crises, but if you 
get enough of them, watch out! Traffic jams. 
Long lines. Empty mailboxes. Dirty clothes on the 
floor. Even as I write this, Im being thumped. 
Because of interruptions, it has taken me almost two 
hours to write these two paragraphs. Thump. Thump. 
   How do I respond? Do I sing? Or do I thud?
   Jesus said that out of the nature of the 
heart a man speaks (Luke 6:45). Theres nothing 
like a good thump to reveal the nature of a 
heart. The true character of a person is seen not 
in momentary heroics but in the thump-packed 
humdrum of day-to-day living. 
   If you have a tendency to thud more than 
you sing, take heart. 
   The true character of a person is seen 
not in momentary heroics but in the thump-packed 
humdrum of day-to day living. 
   There is hope for us thudders:
   1. Begin by thanking God for thumps. I 
dont mean a half-hearted thank-you. I mean a 
rejoicing, jumping-for-joy thank-you from the bottom of 
your heart (James 1:2). Chances are that God is 
doing the thumping. And hes doing it for your 
own good. So every thump is a reminder that God 
is molding you (Heb. 12:5"8). 
   2. Learn from each thump. Face up to the 
fact that you are not thump-proof. You are 
going to be tested from now on. You might as well 
learn from the thumps"you cant avoid them. 
Look upon each inconvenience as an opportunity to 
develop patience and persistence. Each thump will 
help you or hurt you, depending on how you use 
   3. Be aware of thump-slump times. 
Know your pressure periods. For me Mondays are 
infamous for causing thump-slumps. Fridays can be 
just as bad. For all of us, there are times 
during the week when we can anticipate an unusual 
amount of thumping. The best way to handle 
thump-slump times? Head on. Bolster yourself with extra 
prayer, and dont give up. 
   Remember, no thump is disastrous. All 
thumps work for good if we are loving and obeying 
God. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 
maxlucado.com] re Isaiah 64:8 


   When we experience hardships, we usually 
wonder why God allows these painful situations to 
come our way. It just doesn't seem to fit with 
His role as our loving heavenly Father. We 
struggle to reconcile our suffering with His love for 
us and His power to prevent or stop it. In 
order to understand what's going on, we need to 
consider the possible sources of adversity. 
   A Fallen World: When sin entered the 
world, suffering came with it. God could have 
protected us from these harmful effects by making us 
like puppets who could not choose sin, but that 
would mean we'd also be unable to choose to love 
Him, because love must be voluntary. 
   Our Own Doing: Sometimes we get ourselves 
into trouble with our foolish or sinful choices. 
If the Lord stepped in and rescued us from 
every negative consequence, we'd never grow into 
mature believers. 
   Satanic Attack: The Devil is our enemy. 
To hinder anything the Lord wants to do in and 
through believers, Satan will never cease to harass 
us. His goal is to destroy our lives and our 
testimonies, thereby making us weak and useless for God's 
   God's Sovereignty: Ultimately, the Lord 
is in charge of all adversity that comes our 
way. To deny His involvement contradicts His 
power and sovereignty over creation. 
   For us to accept that God allows--or even 
sends--afflictions, we must see adversity from His perspective. 
Is your focus on the pain of your experience or 
on the Lord and His faithfulness? As believers, 
we're assured that no adversity comes our way 
unless He can use it to achieve His good purposes. 
[In Touch Daily Devotional by Charles Stanley at 
www.intouch.org] re Isaiah 45:5-10 


   I am the Potter; you are My clay. I 
designed you before the foundation of the world. I 
arrange the events of each day to form you into this 
preconceived pattern. My everlasting Love is at work in 
every event of your life. On some days your will 
and Mine flow smoothly together. You tend to 
feel in control of your life when our wills are 
in harmony. On other days you feel as if you 
are swimming upstream, against the current of My 
purposes. When that happens, stop and seek My Face. 
The opposition you feel may be from Me, or it 
may be from the evil one. 
   Talk with Me about what you are 
experiencing. Let My Spirit guide you through treacherous 
waters. As you move through the turbulent stream 
with Me, let circumstances mold you into the one 
I desire you to be. Say yes to your Potter as 
you go through this day. (Isa. 64:8; Psa. 27:8) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   I am calling you to live joyfully in the 
midst of your struggles. You yearn for a freer, 
more independent way of life than you're 
currently experiencing. You pray fervently - and then 
wait hopefully for the changes you desire. When I 
don't answer your prayers according to your will, 
you sometimes get discouraged. It's easy for you 
to feel as if you're doing something wrong - as 
if you're missing out on what is best for you. 
When you think that way, you are forgetting a 
most important truth: that I am Sovereign. I am 
in control, and I am taking care of you.  
   I want you to accept your dependent way 
of living as a gift from Me. Moreover, I want 
you to receive this gift joyfully - with a glad 
and thankful heart. Actually, nothing will lift 
you out of the doldrums faster than thanking and 
praising Me. And nothing will help you enjoy My 
Presence more delightfully! Enter My gates with 
thanksgiving and My courts with praise. (Isa. 40:10; Rom. 
9:20; Psa. 100:4, 5) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 


Proverbs 16:9 - Divine Detours.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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