Monday, June 8, 2009
4 The LORD has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. (Proverbs 14:4)
This verse highlights the fact that all have been created by God for a specific purpose. That purpose is not man-centred, but God-centred. "God has made all for HIMSELF." The righteous have been made for the express purpose of bringing glory to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. On the other hand, the wicked have been made for the express purpose of demonstrating the long-suffering and Divine justice of God.
You may protest, "But that is Old Testament." Then, please consider the following:
" ... For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son. And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, (Romans 9:6-23)
Paul not only read the Book of Proverbs, but he also believed that it was the Word of God. So, how does this apply to us? First, we should learn to fear God. Second, we should have hearts filled with immense gratitude should we find ourselves recipients of the grace of God. There is nothing in us that warrants the kindness and goodness of the Lord. He chose, simply because He chose, and in His choosing, He intends to bring glory to His own name. Third, we must live completely for the glory of God, willing to submit to every process that God chooses for our sanctification and His glorification.
This morning I am humbled by such knowledge. Today, Lord, do in me, with me, through me and to me whatsover is necessary for Your Name to be glorified, and Your Kingdom extended in time and on earth: "Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."