August 13, 2018 – Romans 9:15-16

For he said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy.

Romans 9:15-16

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

Many people think one’s fate is in his own hands, and one can be successful as long as he works hard. Therefore, no matter study, business or family, everyone wants to achieve their goals by themselves, including me. After I graduated from college, I wanted to look for a job after my heart. However, I failed after attending interviews in different companies. Some companies rejected me because of my low education, some rejected me because I had no experience, some were not after my heart because they were too far away from my home. In short, either I wasn’t satisfied with them or I failed to meet their expectations. I didn’t find a suitable job after two months. In misery and despair, I came across this verse. I came to understand God’s will: We can plan it or rush about for it, but everything, whether big or small, is predestined by God. If God wants to be gracious toward us, then we can gain; if not, we get nothing regardless of our efforts.

Just as God says, “Some people choose a good major in college and end up finding a satisfactory job after graduation, making a triumphant first stride in the journey of their lives. Some people learn and master many different skills and yet never find a job that suits them or find their position, much less have a career; at the outset of their life journey they find themselves thwarted at every turn, beset by troubles, their prospects dismal and their lives uncertain. Some people apply themselves diligently to their studies, yet narrowly miss all their chances to receive a higher education, and seem fated never to achieve success, their very first aspiration in the journey of their lives dissolving into thin air. Not knowing[d] whether the road ahead is smooth or rocky, they feel for the first time how full of variables human destiny is, and so regard life with hope and dread. Some people, despite not being very well educated, write books and achieve a measure of fame; some, though almost totally illiterate, make money in business and are thereby able to support themselves…. What occupation one chooses, how one makes a living: do people have any control over whether they make a good choice or a bad choice? Do they accord with their desires and decisions? … Regardless of differences in ability, IQ, and willpower, people are all equal before fate, which makes no distinction between the great and the small, the high and the low, the exalted and the mean. What occupation one pursues, what one does for a living, and how much wealth one amasses in life are not decided by one’s parents, one’s talents, one’s efforts or one’s ambitions, but are predetermined by the Creator.

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