“It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”

Romans 9:16

Paul was convicted. He had previously mentioned how frustrated with himself he was, “why then do I do what I don’t want to do, and don’t do what I want to do”. Have you been there? I have. Knowing that God has called you to so much more, yet you struggle to keep your eyes on Him and what He has called you to. We think our failures keep us from the promises of God, yet the promises of God are yes and amen. Amen – so be it. Do we believe the word of God, does God lie? You’ve heard preachers say, if He’s brought you to it, He will bring you through it. Do you believe it? Do you trust that God has a plan and a purpose for your life? Do you think that God would place the desires only to watch us fail and not give us hope for tomorrow? I feel that way sometimes, but we can’t rely on our feelings.

I get upset with myself at times, because I know God has called me to more, but my feelings and thoughts get in the way and I have a hard time believing I could ever be what God called me to be. But with that statement it is where this particular verse comes into play.

“It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”

Because of God’s mercy, you and I can be what God has called us to be. It has nothing to do with our desire, thoughts, feelings, or effort. God’s mercy is enough to put us on the right track. Keeping God as the priority, even when we are not who we need to be, allows us to be who He called us to be.

Lord, thank you that is has nothing to do with our human desire or effort, but on your mercy. Lord, allow us, even in turmoil, to look to you. God help us to know that you see us as whole and complete lacking no good thing. Allow our thoughts to be your thoughts, anything not of you, let us cast it from our mind and replace it with Godly thoughts. Lord your mercy is what makes us enough. Father, help us to rely on you and your word. Amen.


I hope this ministered to you. This verse truly blessed me this morning and I had to share my thoughts on it. I’m a single parent that loves God that has been called to ministry but is as nervous as heck about fully trusting God to provide. I’m learning to let go and let God. You can find and follow me on Twitter and would also love to have you follow this blog. I try to post a new blog each week, struggle or not. Praying for you guys and gals, deuces.


2 thoughts on “Mercy

  1. I always look forward to your blogs Lori! You are an inspiration to me!

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