Monday, June 1, 2015

Good Providence

God declares the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.” (Isaiah 46:10).

The efficaciousness of God’s providence in the affairs of all men at all times is hard to fathom.  That you exist, that you are aware of your surroundings, that you have made the choices you have made, even that you are here this morning is all because God’s counsel stands and nothing happens apart from His perfect will and desires.

Now, we can either kick against such an all-consuming, all controlling God and instead take credit for our own good choices.  We can refuse to acknowledge that God is in control of all things and instead relegate all evil happenings to random chance.  We can try to put God in a box, outside of the ultimate providence of all things – but the moment we do, we find an idol has filled the void and we fall into some form of Baal-worship, trying to control the world through any and every means possible.

Or, without ever able to understand all the reasons why God has done the things He has done, we may come with faith granted to us – faith to believe in Him, faith to believe in His Son, and faith to believe that not a hair can fall from our heads apart from the knowledge of God according to His counsels which are perfect wisdom, perfect glory, and line out a perfect story.

When you are in the middle of a story, you often do not know why certain events are taking place.  Well, you are in the middle of a story.  Just because the Author has not told you why He has done what He has done gives you no reason to doubt that He has done it.  And what had been declared and proven to You by the cross of Jesus declares that He has nothing but good in mind for those He loves and has called to Himself.  Come and worship the Triune God who knows the end from the beginning – even from ancient times.

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