“What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath–prepared for destruction?” Romans 9:22
Paul had just pointed out that God will show mercy to some and not to others, and that He raises some up purposefully to demonstrate His power. The example of use was with Pharaoh in Egypt. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened for God to use him as an example.
Many then get upset with God because it does not seem that He gives them an option to serve Him. This is a common view by humans because they have limited vision and knowledge. God has knowledge of every person’s inner thoughts and actions. He knows who will ultimately serve Him and who will reject Him in the end. With this knowledge God will use people for His purpose.
Now Paul is pointing out the great patience God has with those He knows will not serve Him. Many believers are praying that God will destroy various leaders or people who are against Christians in a strong way. Some will actually pray that God will kill them off. This is a short-term solution and really does not show the great power of God.
God allows people to be in power in order to show His own power overall. Despite Pharaoh being the head leader, God overruled him and got His people released. This brought about a greater victory. While Pharaoh was ruling, God had to wait patiently for the right time. This shows His great patience.
God is not willing that any die in their sins, but that all will be saved. Yet He knows that many will in fact die in their sins, refusing to repent or follow Jesus. He could just automatically destroy all of them, but He waits with great patience for the right time.
As a believer you must also be patient with those who are against God. You do not know the inner heart. That person may be close to following God, or God may be using him to bring about His own glory.
God used Pharaoh to ultimately save the Israelites from destruction during the great famine. Who knows how God will use people today in your life that seem to be against God? Trust God in every situation.
Ask God for His patience for dealing with others. In the end you will see His glory being shown.
I pray today that you will know the love, mercy, and patience God has; that you will trust God’s plan for you and others; that you will be filled with God’s patience with others; and that you will be His witness to everyone.