The human nature has been shaped by the historical and psychological context of the world; however, God first is the ultimate judge. Self-criticisms or condemnation is a destructive force; however, constructive criticism is way to show a need for improvement. How do I avoid self-criticism especially when we have feelings of failure do we blame ourselves or perhaps God? “But it is not that the word of God has failed. For not all who are Israel, nor are they all children of Abraham because they are his descendants (Rm. 9. 6-8).” The story here is symbolic to promise waiting and while waiting promise from God in Genesis 15 when in a vision Abram is told not to fear, “Some time afterward , the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: Do not fear, Abram! I am your shield; I will ,make your reward very great (Gen 15. 1.).” This story exemplifies two spiritual principles, patience and faith in which we see in Romans 9. Waiting on the promise can be frustrating and cause disbelief just as the Israelites had become. The promise is given by God first in the Old Testament and even in the New Testament to show how the journey in between time is relevant in our part of the covenant. In verse 9 “”About this time I shall return and Sarah will have a son (Rm. 9.9).”” We see God’s judgment in the story of Abraham’s son’s by two wives in which he loved one more than the other shows his nature yet both sons had promise. “As it is written: “I loved Jacob but hated Esau.” What then are we to say ? Is there injustice on the part of God? Of course not! For he says to Moses: “I will take pity on whom I will.” So it depends not upon a person’s will or exertion, but upon God, who shows mercy (Rm. 9. 13-16). Today I have called you blessed, there is no condemnation through Jesus. The flawed or those who are sinfully can be transformed by the holy spirit. In Romans 9 there is debatable conversation on questioning God based past or priori knowledge because of the Exodus that arbitrary rule is what they were used but God’s mercy is shown here because, “Why have you created me so?” Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for a noble purpose and another for ignoble one? This verse means even if you do not realize that you have purpose or feel that you possess purpose or nobility then realize God still made you who is the judge and this shows his patience for those who may struggle with self-defeating behaviors or low self-esteem. In the latter half of the chapter “As indeed he says in Hosea: “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people.’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’ And in the very place where it was said to them. ‘You are not people,’ there they shall be called children of the living God (Rm. 9. 21-26).” Notice God is living, it is only rationale thinking that God knows our faults, so don’t give up. Be blessed todayThank -you!