Daily Lenten Devotion Monday, March 18th

Monday, March 18, 2013 – Psalm 119:73-80; Jeremiah 24:1-10; Romans 9:19-33 and John 9:1-17

Psalm 119:73-80 – 73  Your hands have made and fashioned me;
give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. …

76  Let your steadfast love become my comfort
according to your promise to your servant.
77  Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my delight.

Romans 9:19-33 – 19You will say to me then, “Why then does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God? Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and another for ordinary use? 22What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath that are made for destruction; 23and what if he has done so in order to make known the riches of his glory for the objects of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory — 24including us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25As indeed he says in Hosea,
“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’”
26  “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
there they shall be called children of the living God.”

A week ago I sent out an email requesting your “questions of faith”. Well our reading today from Romans raises one of my burning questions of faith. “Does God predestine some for salvation and others for damnation?”

Paul in Romans and other places lifts up the doctrine of election/predestination. In our reading today Paul asks; “Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and another for ordinary use?”

In reformed theology we find the doctrine of double predestination. God predestines some for salvation/election and others for damnation/rejection. You can find this doctrine spelled out more completely in Chapter 3 of the Westminster Confession of Faith. Here’s a link to it. I like this link for you can easily see the scriptural texts associated with the different statements of faith.

http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/index.html?body=/documents/wcf_with_proofs/ch_III.html

From all of this, I’d have to answer yes God does predestine some for salvation and others for damnation. But I’m not satisfied with my answer, for this is not what I really believe. I believe God creates all with the possibility of being saved and that God reveals His God self, His love to all, but all do not choose to have faith and believe. I believe this because God created all things good and with the potential of being in an abiding relationship with God it is in our stubbornness, our humanness that some choose to completely separate from God.

So this is something I struggle with for I affirm Reformed theology, but find myself questioning some of it as well.

Here’s something I can fully affirm; God is the Potter and I, you, all people are the clay. It is God who has formed me and is making me – me and is God who has formed you and is making you – you. Thanks be to God that God hasn’t abandoned us, but claimed us in Christ as his own.

May God’s creative love work upon us this day. Amen.

Send me your questions of faith. Looking forward to hearing from you and then seeking to go unto God to seek to answer the questions you have.

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