“What if God,
Desiring to show
And to make known
Already has endured
With much patience?
The vessels of wrath
Are made ready for destruction.”
εἰ δὲ θέλων ὁ Θεὸς ἐνδείξασθαι τὴν ὀργὴν καὶ γνωρίσαι τὸ δυνατὸν αὐτοῦ ἤνεγκεν ἐν πολλῇ μακροθυμίᾳ σκεύη ὀργῆς κατηρτισμένα εἰς ἀπώλειαν,
Paul asked what if God has already shown patience? What if God (ὁ Θεὸς) desired (εἰ δὲ θέλων) to show (ἐνδείξασθαι) his wrath (τὴν ὀργὴν) and to make known (καὶ γνωρίσαι) his power (τὸ δυνατὸν αὐτοῦ), since he has endured things (ἤνεγκεν) with much patience (ἐν πολλῇ μακροθυμίᾳ)? But now the vessels of wrath (σκεύη ὀργῆς) are made ready (κατηρτισμένα) for destruction (εἰς ἀπώλειαν). Only the Pauline letters used this word ἐνδείξασθαι that means to indicate, to prove, or to show. Paul continued with his comparison of the creative God with a potter. What if God had already shown his great patience. Perhaps he was getting ready to get rid of these vessels of wrath by destroying them. In other words, we really never know the thinking of God. What looks irrational to us, maybe was something well planned out. Maybe God has already patiently endured many things, so that now he wants to show his power by destroying the dishonorable vases. Our ways are not God’s ways. Do you accept the fact that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to?