Monday, March 20, 2006

He does what he wants I was sharing the gospel with a dear friend last week. As he was asking me different questions, he asked me one that went something like this, "So, you wanna get married right?" "Well, yes." "So, even if you never get married, do you still trust Him and love Him?" My friend knew how to get to my heart of hearts, but the answer is simply, "Yes." "Ok, so, what if you never get married and lots and lots of bad things happen to you for the rest of your life, are you still going to worship Him and call him good?" "Well, yes." If there ever comes a time like that, I know that won't be easy and I am not saying I won't wrestle with it, but God is either all good all the time or He is not good at all. He is all powerful all the time or he is not in control at all. I don't get to choose what God's character is based on the circumstances around me. At a ladies retreat I went to this past weekend, the speaker pointed out that usually when we face a crisis of belief these are the two character traits of God we struggle with most. Some of us will declare "well, God is all powerful, but he must not be all good (or he would have prevented this)," while others of us will claim, "God is good, but he must not be all powerful (or he would have stopped this)." But, both of these are lies. The beauty of God's sovereignity is "his absolute right to do all things according to his own good pleasure" (Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary). Nothing in that statement says I have the right to understand or approve of what He is doing. As Job puts it "But he is singular and sovereign. Who can argue with him? He does what he wants, when he wants to" (23:13). I must choose to trust His heart. I must choose to trust how He has revealed Himself to me and to my ancestors in the past. I must choose to trust that He is who He says He is in His Word. So, then, let's celebrate our sovereign Lord. Let's delight in the fact that in all things and in all ways forever and always He alone--an all-powerful, all-good God--is supreme, is in complete control. "How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you–there is no other God. We have never even heard of another god like you! . . . For you are God, O Sovereign LORD. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to me, your servant. And now, may it please you to bless me and my family so that our dynasty may continue forever before you. For when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign LORD, it is an eternal blessing!" (2 Samuel 7:22, 28-29)

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