God’s Word on God’s Will

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory. —Ephesians 1:11-14

Passages like Acts 2:23 and Acts 4:27-28 teach that when Jesus came into this world the rulers, chief priests, and the scribes thought they were controlling events, but Jesus’ death happened “according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23).

Romans 9:19 says, “You will say to me then, ‘Why does he (speaking of God) still find fault? For who can resist his will?’” So, who has resisted God’s will? The answer is no one. No one has ever kept God from doing what God wanted to do. No one has ever slowed God up by a minute. He never got anywhere late by ten seconds because someone was in His way. It’s God’s sovereign will (see also Romans 11:36). God does what God’s gonna do.

The classic New Testament passage on the sovereign will of God is Ephesians 1:11 (above). If you’re interested in knowing God’s Word, as I trust you are, then turn to this verse and circle it in your Bible. I have “sovereignty” written in my margin. “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.” The passage doesn’t say “predetermines.” God doesn’t control everything. God is in control but God does not control every decision. We make decisions; God determines outcomes. He “works all things” according to the counsel of His will. If you make a right choice, God uses it. If you make a wrong choice, God uses it. Sometimes it’s not a matter of right or wrong choice (which way to drive to the mall), and God still “works” it. But within His oversight, plan, and sovereign right to intervene, we make real decisions for which we are and will be held responsible. But isn’t it great to know that in the end, we can’t mess up God’s plan?

Revelation 4: 11 says, Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.” By God’s will all things exist, including you and me. This is God’s sovereign will. Everything God wants to have happen happens. He works all things according to His plan. And He invites us to participate.

Journal

·         What are some examples in my life of things that went all wrong but God eventually made right?

·         How do I know from personal experience that people make wrong choices, but God’s choices are always right?

Prayer – Father, making important decisions can be scary and it’s comforting to know that You’re always in control. Thank You for reminding me that you make Your Word available to me to learn, to obey, and to put into practice. I want to trust Your grace for my everlasting destiny and my daily needs. I want to take seriously Your call to faithful living under the power You provide me in the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.