Focus Verse: “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’? (9)
God doesn’t have a problem with us questioning Him or His Word or His works. We are mortal; He is immortal. We are finite; He is infinite. How can we as a creation fully understand all that our Creator is and does? Even Jesus questioned God. When He was dying on the cross, He asked: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
But perhaps God does get offended when we question why He made us. He may get offended when we suggest that He made a mistake in allowing us to be born. We may not currently understand what on earth we are here for. We may not see why God made us with or without certain physical features, abilities or wealth. But we can be certain that God made each and every one of us for a purpose. Verse 18 of this chapter says that when God spoke the earth into existence, “he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited.” This means that in the beginning, God was thinking of people (you and I included) who would live, work, play and love in His wonderful world.
You are not here by accident. You are here for a reason. Rick Warren said: “Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of you first. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you!”
Focus Verse: Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (4)
If God was thinking about us when He created the world, why would He stop thinking about us now that we are here? God made us. God loves us. He will carry us in our young years and our aged years. He will never let us go.
Focus Verse: Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (34)
Isn’t this an amazing thought? Jesus the Christ, the One who died and rose again for our salvation, is at the right hand of God in Heaven interceding for us who are down here on earth. More than that, the Spirit himself intercedes for us when we do not even know what we ought to pray for. The Trinity isn’t sitting up there condemning and lambasting us. They are praying for us, helping us in our moments of weakness, justifying us, and conforming us to the image of the Son.