19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use (Romans 9)?
Ah, it is one thing to try and understand how God chooses one over another — but then to understand how He could “find fault” with the one He did not choose, well, that’s even more difficult for our finite minds to fathom. So now we have yet another mystery: God’s sovereign choosing, and yet the sinner’s personal responsibility. We instinctively react to such a thing — but the Apostle Paul altogether rejects such a reaction. “Who are you?” he asks, or, in other words, “Just who do you think you are?” “What makes you think you can ‘answer back to God?’” or, in other words, even as a parent would tell a child: “Don’t talk back to me!”
But Paul does give an answer, even after giving chastisement for asking the question. It is God’s “right” as Creator to do anything He wants with that which He has created. Case closed, no more argument. Just ask any child why he is molding her Play-Doh one way instead of another, and even that child will look at you as if you are crazy for asking such a silly thing.
Lord, we acknowledge This Day that You are God and we are not; You are Creator and we are not. Help us not to try and “find fault” with You for putting us in any circumstance we are not liking right now. Help us to revel in Your sovereign right as Creator. Amen.