“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.” Romans 9:15 (KJV)
There are times when we get certain results and are tempted to think that they are deserved. At times you think your intellect got it for you. Perhaps your eloquence or your strength gave you the miracle, but beloved, there are many people who are better than you in all ramifications that have not achieved what you have. Thank God for strength, but I have come today to remind you that wherever you are today is not a function of works but grace.
Look at the story of Esau and Jacob. Ever before they were born, God announced to their mother that His choice was Jacob. Think about it. The children were still in the womb; they were twins. They had neither done good nor bad, yet God had made His choice and announced to Rebecca, their mother, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” (Romans 9:13, KJV). How do you explain it? It defies any form of explanation, because it is just grace.
What is grace? Grace is unmerited favour. You don’t get grace as a result of something you have done. It is not a function of works at all. It has been rightly defined as “GOD’S RICHES AT CHRIST’S EXPENSE”. Jesus paid it all. He was wounded for our transgressions and was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him. He took our place and gave us His place; that is the divine exchange. Our part is just to accept it and be grateful for it.
Whatever miracles come your way, whatever blessings manifest, know that they are not a function of works. It is not because you fasted or prayed. It is simply because God has chosen to favour you. So don’t boast about it. Rather, be thankful and remain humble knowing that He who gave it to you could have given it to anyone else as well.
God’s Sovereign Choice
6 It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.
7 Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[a]
8 In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.
9 For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”[b]
10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac.
11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand:
12 not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”[c]
13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”[d]
14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
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.”[e]
16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.
17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”[f]
18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
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