It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 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.” Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? – Romans 9:16-21 NIV
Mercy abounds. It is free and complete. Once I am open to Your mercy, Lord, use me as a vessel. Take me today for Your special purpose. Touch hearts in Your Name.
Woe to you, Moab! The people of Chemosh are destroyed;your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity. “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come,” declares the Lord.- Jeremiah 48:46-47 NIV
Even after the long list of wrath that comes in this chapter, the scathing report on the poor job of those in Moab, they pay their price but then are restored. Thank you, Lord, that however far I fall, You still can restore me. You are so generous in the ourpouring of forgiveness. May I be the same.
Good and upright is the Lord;therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. – Psalm 25:8-11 NIV
Be thorough in Your instruction of this humble sinner, Lord. I cannot get better without being shown where I fall short. It is in love, that You show me the way I must walk. May I be a good friend in passing along this same blessing to others.