Romans 9:16 “It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”

Just as yesterday’s post showed how Caiaphas’s utterance was solely directed by God…so this Scripture shows how very little we have control of. Human will & exertion are nothing before the supreme Will & authority of God. Take for instance God’s words to Pharaoh in Exodus 9:16, “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you My power and that My Name might be proclaimed.” Pharaoh might of thought he was the most powerful man on earth & had the Jews right where he wanted them…but in reality, he was a mere pawn in God’s hands to be used for His glory. Or we could look at Balaam, a pagan prophet with a considerable reputation for supernatural powers who was hired by the Moabite king, Balak, to curse the Israelites. Three times Balaam started his oracle & three times his curses turned into blessings for the Jewish people. We may think we’re in control, but as Proverbs 16:9 tells us, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”

Author: kezha1

A Christian mother, grandmother, and retired nurse living in Illinois. Called into a ministry of encouraging others to find their ultimate plan and purpose in life through Christ.

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