March 26 (Reading for March 21-27: Romans 9). If we believe that God is sovereign, we will have complete confidence in Him and depend totally on Him. I looked back to Romans 8:28 for a great example of God’s sovereignty, as well as His providence. Do I truly believe that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. I asked myself: Do I love God? Yes. Has God called me? Yes. Am I fulfilling His purposes? Yes, most of the time. Then where is the good that He promised in what is going on in my life right now? That’s it, the big question. We may say, “I don’t see any good in this situation!” This is where the question of God’s sovereignty comes in. Do you believe and trust Him to work in your life according to His purposes to give you what is best? (Note that I did not say, “what you may think is best FOR YOU”). Since He is sovereign, He has the right to work out things in YOUR life according to what is best for HIM! Not that you can be happy or comfortable, but that He can be glorified! But when that happens, it will always be best for you!
Paul conclusion of chapter 9 is similar to his conclusion of chapter 8, in that God’s love is emphasized. Paul quoted Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one.” A second quote: “In the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God’” (Rom. 9:25-26, NIV).
Hosea was faithful to Gomer, his unfaithful wife, to illustrate God’s faithfulness to His people. God told him to name their daughter, “Lo-Ruhamah,” which means “not loved,” saying, “I will no longer show love to the house of Israel” (Hos. 1:6). God later told Hosea to name a son “Lo-Ammi,” which means “not my people,” saying “You are not my people, and I am not your God” (Hos. 1:10). With this as background, read again Romans 9:25-26. Those who were not loved are now loved! Those who were not His people are now His children! One thing you can count on in the sovereignty of God is this: He is a God of love! Remember Paul’s victory cry: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37).
– Al Gary