It comforts Christian hearts while galling rebels. Whatever we do, God will be glorified. He will be glorified through our choices, in spite of our choices, or both. His glory is in flourishing human obedience, tolerating human rebellion, and destroying his enemies.
Egypt was at the height of power when God delivered his people. Rome was at the height of power when Christ commissioned his disciples. Both empires imploded in sparkling displays of God’s power to deliver his own. The God of sparrows and flowers is the God of epic rescues. Rescues are epic because powerful tyrants, evil antagonists, and impossible odds make the real hero look good.
Adoptee or enemy, Jacob or Esau, you glorify God.
What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, even us, whom he hath called…? (Romans 9:22-24)
Has God made you a vessel of wrath fitted for destruction, or a vessel of mercy prepared for glory?
How you feel helps you know.