I have been using John Piper’s Solid Joys daily on-line devotionals this year for my morning quiet time, and have found it tremendously encouraging as he brings to mind the many wonderful truths and promises from God’s Word. As I was flipping through my own devotional notes in preparation to write this week’s Reflections, I was reminded of one that particularly spoke to me recently. The devotions for that day brought to mind two incredible truths and I thought I will share this with you today.
The first truth is that God is Sovereign. The following verses help to support this truth wonderfully:
- Isaiah 46:9,10 – "I am God, there is no other… I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’”
- Job 23:13 – “‘But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? He does whatever he pleases.”
- Psalm 115:3 – “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.”
Our God is Almighty, Omnipotent and Immutable - nothing can change His Sovereign plan and He does what He pleases. Job trembled at this truth in the midst of his suffering and said, “He (God) carries out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in store. That is why I am terrified before him; when I think of all this, I fear him” (Job 23: 14-15). This truth is on the one hand terrifying, but on the other hand, also immensely comforting because we know that it pleases God to grant us mercy because He loves us. That brings me to the second truth.
In Ephesians 1:4-6, Paul says, “In love he (God) predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” In other words, God is Sovereign and He does what He pleases, but the glorious fact is doing what He pleases includes loving us! Paul went on to explain in Ephesians 2:3-7, “…like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
Not only has God called us to Himself, and saved us from our sins, but out of that same mercy He also blesses us with all that we need – both spiritual needs and physical needs. Ephesians 1:3 exclaims, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ”. And in Psalm 37:3-6 it says, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” My friends, what more can we ask for?
God's mercy will never be shaken because He is sovereign. These two pillars of truths should give us hope to look forward to our eternal destination, and at the same time give us courage and strength to overcome whatever challenges we may be facing now – discouragements, failure, illness, persecution and setbacks. These truths should also energise our service to Him and His people in our ministries, our outreach, and spur us on to love and good works deeply rooted in the wonderful and glorious redemptive love of God that is unshakeable.
And when we come to the end of our time here on earth, we can fully rest assured that God’s infinitely strong and infinitely tender hands will lift us up to Him, to be with Him forever. Do I hear an ‘Amen’ to that?
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”