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? What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the objects of His mercy, whom He prepared in advance for His glory, even us – whom He called, not only from the Jews but also the Gentiles? As He says in Hosea: “I will call them my people, who are not my people; and I will call her my loved one who is not my loved one, and in the very place where it was said to them, you are not my people, there they will be called children of the living God.” (Romans 9:22-26)
God has objects of wrath and objects of mercy. Objects of mercy are those who know that they need a savior and know that Jesus is that savior. Objects of mercy receive God’s glory. God’s objects of wrath are those people who do not believe in Jesus, and unless they are drawn to God, they will receive God’s destruction. Now that I’m an object of God’s mercy, I receive God’s glory as He helps me fight battles and shows me His love every day. How could I have rejected Jesus? I was headed for destruction, but now I have God’s glory, joy, and eternal life.
This Scripture also says that God has great patience for those who are the objects of His wrath in order to make the riches of His glory known to the objects of His mercy. In other words, God has great patience for non-believers in order to make His riches of salvation, compassion, grace, and power to overcome evil, known to believers. God had great patience with me on my road to becoming a believer. I almost failed college as evil crept into my life and distracted me from my studies. My atheist boyfriend cheated on me. I could barely afford to eat. God could have shown great anger and let me fail or starve. But patiently, He took me on a journey. He carried me through the rough times by providing me with living situations that I could afford and a free tutor who helped me pass kinesiology. He sent me the man of my dreams who I am now married to. By being patient with me when I was a non-believer, He drew me to Himself and made His riches of salvation, compassion, grace, and His power to overcome evil, known to me. He called me His loved one before I was His loved one, and when I came to know Him and believe in His son, He grafted me into His family. I am now a daughter of Abraham. I am blessed to be a child of the living God!