Every time I talk to the man of sorrow I feel an abiding sadness for him. I must because he cannot feel it for himself. He’s slowly crawling toward the grave. His words, not mine. Christmas is just another day for him. He buys presents for the children but that’s about it. I tell him how sad that is. He can’t understand. In my sadness for him I can’t help but feel joy for myself. What a wonderful God! He has placed me in such a joyful state. I have a wonderful wife and children. I am gaining a deeper appreciation for every new day. God has rescued me from my sin and my saddness. As long as I live, as long as I love, worship, and obey Him, I shall forever remain a man of joy.
Therefore, if God wants to be kind to anyone, he will be. If he wants to make someone stubborn, he will. You may ask me, “Why does God still find fault with anyone? Who can resist whatever God wants to do?”Who do you think you are to talk back to God like that? Can an object that was made say to its maker, “Why did you make me like this?”
A potter has the right to do whatever he wants with his clay. He can make something for a special occasion or something for everyday use from the same lump of clay. If God wants to demonstrate his anger and reveal his power, he can do it. But can’t he be extremely patient with people who are objects of his anger because they are headed for destruction? Can’t God also reveal the riches of his glory to people who are objects of his mercy and who he had already prepared for glory?
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