In Paul’s letter to the fellow believers in Rome he ask a rhetorical question,“Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” I have seen this verse used time and again to prove God is Sovereign of the evil and the good. That it’s all planed out from beginning to end including those merely playing the villans role. Thank God the bible is full of actual stories that contradict this idea of God as puppet master.
Choice it seems is built into the biblical narrative from the very first story told of Adam and Eve. As Dr. Michael Lodahl put so well in his book (The Story of God) “Scripture Testifies of God not only as the Creator of all things but also the One who has lovingly, compassionately, and freely entered into covenantal relation with the creation.”
Paul’s question rhetorical question is actually taken from the book of Isaiah and not as some might think from the mind of Augustine and Calvin.
You turn things upside down,
as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
“You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,
“You know nothing”?
But let us answer Paul’s rhetorical question with one big affirmative Yes!
Wrestle With God just like Job did over Gratuitous Evil.
Wrestle With God just like Abraham who argued with God over the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Wrestle With God just like Moses did over his Identity at the burning bush, or as Moses defended others in the face of God’s judgment.
Wrestle With God just like Jacob did over the course of your life and refuse to let go.
Wrestle with God in the Garden as Jesus did, until the Leap of Faith is Required.
Wrestle With God
Wrestle with God until He touches you
and gives you a New Name,
but know this most of the time the God you are really wrestling with,
is the god of your own understanding.