5/02/2006

The Sovereign Will of God

God is not a man.
Period.
Yes, I know, Christ came down in human form, but you know what I am saying.
God is not us.
Only God truly has what we would call choice. True, when we are saved He gives us the ability and the faith to choose good, but it is only because He gives them to us that we ever have it. Only He has the Will to do of His own accord, and without help. He is not bound by the sin that entangles us and He is not bound by our limitations. He is Almighty, and He works His will in the way that He sees fit. What is more, God is the only Being in existence that can do things for Himself and His own reasons and not be called selfish.
The rest of us? Well, we have to look out for everyone else, and not ourselves.
What is more is that God is the only Being who truly has Glory, and can bring Glory to Himself without being called vain. We were to do this, it would be a mortal sin.
As One who truly has Glory, and who can truly bring Glory unto Himself, God does not allow Himself to be either defamed or mocked. Recall what Isaiah says in regards to the salvation of Israel:
"For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.
How can I let myself be defamed?
I will not yield my glory to another. "

How often we assume that salvation is for us. On a certain level, it is. It saves us from hell and death, and brings us into fellowship with God. To be honest though, and especially since this weekend, I am beginning to wonder if any Christian truly realizes how much the salvation plan is for the Glory of God.
Many of us have seen God move in very real ways. My father has had cancer twice, for example, but is alive and well and currently cancer free. What a temptation though, when a loved one who claims to be a Christian clings to sin, to think that their choice could somehow hamper the Almighty Hand of God. I have considered many times Israel wandering in the desert for 40 years. Many times they saw the miracles of God, and yet still questioned, challenged and refused to obey. How like Israel we can be. We have seen God's Hand many times, and yet in this one area in particular, is it not difficult to trust?
As though the rebellion of man could somehow affect God's Sovereign Will.
As though "choice" is some great be all and end all.
If you are one with a rebellious loved one, let the words of Isaiah be a comfort to you. As hard as it is, keep in mind that God is Sovereign. He works in ways we cannot see and does things according to His own timetable, to bring Glory to none but Himself.
To the rebel, God does not allow Himself to be defamed or mocked. You cannot claim to be a Christian, deliberately walk in contradiction to His Divine Will and expect to get off scott free. It may take some very serious "refining, but not as silver" to bring you back into line.
You can bow your knee now, or you can bow after death, but you will bow.
Everyone does.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I continue to hope against hope that maybe christains are begining to turn from the selfish brand of christianity that has been preached about riches and fame and realize that God is not our servant; that Christ did not die on the Cross for me; that salvation is not an endorsement of my desire to continue to live my life my way.

Jim said...

Christians should worry more about their continuing decline as a percentage of the population. StatsCan at http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/11-008-XIE/2006001/main_religious.htm notes that religiosity is maintained in the country primarily by immigrants (who may not be Christian) and is declining among the native born to the extent that more than 40% of the population over 15 years of age are essentially non-religious.

Ruth said...

You are mistaken.
It is not about numbers, nor about our percentage of the population. It is about obeying the Sovereign will of God. That is our most pressing concern and greatest worry.

Jesse Gritter said...

Sometimes you have to wonder what went through Job's mind. Some of it we know because of the book, but I mean, look at what he went through.

The following is from a different context, but perhaps it's relevant to what you're trying to get at in your post:

On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"

Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him."

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.

Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."


(John 6:60-69)

x2para said...

God created us just so that we can bow down and serve Him? Sounds like slavery and servitude to me. The true story is that this stuff was written into the bible by people in order to control and subjugate other people, God had nothing to do with it. If God wants to tell anyone His purpose He can do it directly not use some human medium. God created the universe now the rest is up to us. I don't think he did this in order to make eternal slaves of us all.

Ruth said...

God created us just so that we can bow down and serve Him? Sounds like slavery and servitude to me...

If you only understood what it is you just said. John 8-33-25 answers you:
33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants[a] and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"
34 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

Paul also answers you in Romans 6: 16
16 Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

You can be either a slave to God's will or a slave to sin. As long as you persist in following your own will, you will be a slave to sin.

Anonymous said...

An interesting thought needs to be added here, especially in light of what x2para said. There is a difference between God being in control and God being some kind of controlling despot. God made humans for His glory, but also for relationship with Him. It would make more sense to look at it from the perspective that we are blessed enough to have a relationship with the maker of the universe Himself!! In Romans 8:15 Paul says "For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out 'Abba Father'." So, it is not God's desire to make us slaves in the worldly understanding of the concept of slavery, but to make us a part of His family, with both the discipline and blessing associated with that family.

Christine

vicki said...

Thanks ruth for this profound discussion.As one who has been 'set free' by salvation to give glory to our sovereign God, I really appreciate reading this. If x2para is seeking,he/she will find the truth. We have to remember that God created us in His image. When we think we can create a god to suit our imagination, we are blinded.I know...I remember being there not too long ago.Thanks for the encouragement from Isaiah.

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