BDBD is Romans 9

Romans chapter 9 is about God’s sovereignty, a subject that makes many uncomfortable and others angry. Why is it so hard to accept the reality that “God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden?” (15, 18)
And why is the truth about God’s sovereign election disturbing? God’s election is that “before we are born or had done anything good or bad -in order that God’s purpose in election might stand- not by works but by him who calls” God chooses our entire life plan (11, 12, 23).
Perhaps the answer to these two questions is because we are not happy about something in our life. Perhaps it’s health, appearance, economics and wealth, occupation, social status, the neighborhood we live in, and the company we are forced to keep, or our families, parents, spouse, and siblings, or the death of a loved one. Perhaps it is all these.
When these happen we are disguised and angry; sad and dishearted. We say, “God’s choice for me is wrong, even evil. God is unjust.” (14) Isn’t this the reason we find it hard to accept God’s sovereignty and election? We are not happy. We do not have peace. We are restless and worry.
The problem isn’t God. The problem is my perspective. Why am I really dissatisfied? Does a change in external circumstances guarantee peace of heart and mind? Better yet, ask and answer the question, “How does one truly find contentment no matter the circumstances?”
Sure, I will rightfully work to make my life and others’ lives better, that is work in righteousness to take away and add for life improvement. Yet, the truth is “it does not depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy (16).” And, “God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy (18).” No one can resist God (19).
Therefore, I will fall down in reverent submission and seek his mercy. I will be like Hagar and Ishmael who sobbed and cried till the Lord came in mercy and opened her eyes to the well of water. (Gen. 21) I will be like Peter who wept bitterly until the Lord came and said, “Peace be with you. Do not be afraid. I am with you always to the very end of the age,” and then feed me and walk with me on a beach. (Matt. 26:75, Luke 24:38, John 20:21, 26)