A Poem on Romans 9:14-16

romans 9

14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.-Romans 9:14-16

The Love of God’s Election

I was just walking along when I tripped on grace,

I was doing nothing special, but suddenly I landed on my face.

There it was, just resting randomly in my path,

Praise the evangelist who chose to leave it there, and that I was lucky enough to find, to choose, and save myself from wrath . . . .

Is this really the explanation that I believe?

Do I really think God was not behind it all, making a mockery of my freewill awakening randomly?

The idea is presented that a sinner who freely went wrong must also be free to choose the right,

But this idea is much like a blind man healed by Jesus thinking he was the one who chose to restore his own sight.

When we are young in pride we picture God would be cruel and not loving when he appears to haphazardly elect some and not others,

But how much more random and cruel would it be if God did nothing and was not the one who went out to seek the salvation of all our “lost and then found” sisters and brothers.

The randomness we think God cruelly uses to save some and skip over the rest,

This randomness is nothing compared to the random chance needed for sinners to accidentally find, choose, and personally secure what Romans 9 states God alone must bless.

At first glance, the fact that we are free to rebel makes one feel we must be free in our own will to choose him,

But once you feel how hard the callous heart really is, one knows the very reason we must be awakened is not despite but because of our personal sin.

Election to the proud seems to be founded on God’s random choices and on man being completely violated of his dignity,

But with humble eyes, it becomes clear that to choose, elect, and awaken one’s own dead heart is a far greater fallacy.

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Mark Ballenger

ApplyGodsWord.com is the writing ministry of Mark Ballenger. To reach Mark, send him an email anytime: markballenger@applygodsword.com

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