Ro.9:14-16 – What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
According to the Bible, becoming a Godly person is not about how hard we try or how fast we run, it is literally about God who has mercy. If you take a look around at our world you have to come to some hard conclusions. Knowing that our God is good and merciful it is just hard to understand how messed up our world is. Man’s inhumanity to man was on full display recently as Hamas murdered, raped, and beheaded men, women, children, and the elderly. The whole incident had the shadow of the nazi holocaust all over it. How could people be so cruel? It all goes back to fallen nature and enslaved wills. Fallen man is hopelessly bound by sin without the intervention of grace. Our world is enslaved by all kinds of sin, it is begging for the proclamation of the gospel of His grace. Here is how Augustine describes this passage.
“Paul does not take away the freedom of the will but says that our will is not sufficient unless God helps us, making us compassionate so that we might do good works by the gift of the Holy Spirit.… We cannot will unless we are called, and when we will after our calling neither our will nor our striving is enough unless God gives strength to our striving and leads us where he calls. It is therefore clear that it is not by willing nor by striving but by the mercy of God that we do good works, even though our will (which by itself can do nothing) is also present.”
The Lord is orchestrating His plan for the last chapter of this age. Millions of people who are still bound by their sin will be suddenly liberated in the near future. Palestinians, Russians, Iranians, Israelis, Africans, Americans, and Chinese will suddenly be transformed by the Spirit of God. There is really no other way out of our present quagmire. So what can I do? Yield, yield your heart and your affections to the Lord. He will pour out His Spirit and multitudes of people from every nation will be liberated from the chains of sin.