During Norah’s nap on this beautiful Saturday, God blessed me tremendously through this sermon. Considering Romans 9 in light of its primary purpose has proved joy-enhancing as I consider the will of God in election and the power of God’s promise throughout Scripture. There is no boasting in myself when considering God’s sovereignty. No theological battle to be won. God’s sovereignty instead shapes the very outlook on all aspects of life, my retention for joy, and my purpose to praise Him all the more for His glorious grace in saving such a sinner as me.
I rest my head tonight consider the words of Jonathan Edwards:
“God’s absolute sovereignty and justice, with respect to salvation and damnation, is what my mind seems to rest assured of, as much as of any thing that I see with my eyes, at least it is so at times. The doctrine has very often appeared exceeding pleasant, bright, and sweet. Absolute sovereignty is what I love to ascribe to God.”
(Jonathan Edwards, Selections [New York: Hill and Wang, 1962], pp. 58-59).