But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 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? Romans 9:20-21
I was created for the glory of God. My body, soul, and spirit – and how they work together – display His brilliance. Before the creation of the first human being, He decided what would make man thrive; what would make him happy and productive. The divine strategy? To live a life that glorifies God.
To glorify God is to give Him a place of honor. To de-glorify God is to put Him on trial and dishonor Him. Never will I do anything that destroys me more from the inside out than when I arraign my Creator in the courtroom of my heart. In pride, I rise up to believe that I am qualified to be His judge. I drag Him to the witness stand, demand answers, and wonder why He is silent. He is an uncooperative defendant and as a prosecutor, I am out of line and stand in contempt of court.
To think God guilty because He chooses some and not others is to insinuate that all people are innocent and deserve His salvation. The fact is ~ all are guilty. Every one of us is on death row and perfect justice has already been served. But Jesus marched into hell on the other side of Calvary and earned the right to snatch some sinners from the fire. That God would choose to save anyone is cause enough to walk humbly. That He passes over others is not for me to judge nor understand.
I just have to know this, and I do. He is merciful. And He is just. And in both, He is glorified.
When I try to understand the mystery of Your ways, I do so with trust and reverence. Forgive me for ever putting you on trial for anything. Amen