16 “So then, everything depends, not on what human beings want or do, but only on God’s mercy.
17 For the scripture says to the king of Egypt, “I made you king in order to use you to show my power and to spread my fame over the whole world.””
In life sometimes we develop a feeling of contention on having achieved something great. We feel glad that we have earned something our work and abilities. But the word of God here says that everything depends on God’s mercy alone and not on what we want or do.
This is something hard to digest!
Because it means more than all the ‘manual or automatic’ things that we do in life, if anything really should happen, God needs to have mercy on us. So, even if we work hard, if we should get really good grades, God needs to have mercy. So no matter how much effort we put in work, if we have to excel or get a promotion, God needs to have mercy on us. So it also means without God having mercy on us, all the efforts we make in life are futile.
So, next natural question…
Is this fair?
What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? (Romans 9:18)
If God who had all power to consume us in His anger suffered for us on the cross with so much patience what question of ‘fairness or unfairness’ do we have?
Nothing… rather than committing to His grace.
God says to Pharaoh (Exodus 9:16) that he was raised up to demonstrate God’s power in him. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and made to stand against the people of Israel and he prevented them from going to promised land. But Scripture says that it was God’s purpose that it must happen that way so that God’s power may be exalted and it was not because Pharaoh was great.
Sometimes, we may feel the enemies and oppressors are triumphing over us but always remember that our God is great! God allows such circumstances so that His name may be more glorified and to make His people put more trust on Him.
We are nothing, but only His grace…
Nothing is by our might, but His grace,
In truth God fights our battles…