Saturday, December 12, 2020

According to the counsel of His will...not ours

His ways are everlasting. Habakkuk 3:6 NKJV 

What God has done at one time, He will do yet again. Human ways are variable, but God’s ways are everlasting. There are many reasons for this most comforting truth. The Lord’s ways are the result of wise deliberation; He orders all things “according to the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:11 ESV). Human action is often the hasty result of passion or fear, followed by regret and modification. But nothing can take the Almighty by surprise, or happen in any other manner than He has foreseen. His ways are the outgrowth of an unchanging character, and in those ways the fixed and settled attributes of God are clearly seen. Unless the eternal One himself can undergo change, His ways—which are just God in action—must remain forever the same. Is He eternally just, gracious, faithful, wise, tender? Then His ways must always be distinguished by the same excellence. Beings act according to their nature: when those natures change, their conduct changes too. But since God cannot know the shadow of turning (James 1:17), His ways will continue the same forever. And there is no power outside of God that could reverse the divine ways, since they are the embodiment of irresistible might. The prophet Habakkuk says the earth is split by rivers, the mountains writhe, the ocean lifts up its hands, and sun and moon stand still when Jehovah marches out to save His people (3:9–13). Who can restrain Him, or say to Him, “What are you doing?” But it is not might alone that gives stability—God’s ways are the demonstration of the eternal principles of right, so they can never pass away. Wrong breeds decay and leads to ruin, but the true and the good have a vitality that ages cannot diminish. This morning, let us go to our heavenly Father with confidence, remembering that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)—and in Him the Lord is always gracious to His people. - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening 

In this second post today...

Oh that even for an hour, we might have the orderly thought ability of God. 

To just know that a decision made is perfect and right, taking thousands of things into consideration and account.

Knowing that it has no shifting shadow of doubt to it.

I often fail at this.  There are more times than I can recount that I did exactly as Spurgeon said above.  React and modify because a choice wasn't right. 

It's not easy admitting we are wrong.  In fact there are billions in Hell convinced ther aren't wrong.  They are in torment but don't want to acknowledge that God is right and they chose wrong. 

Judgment day at the end of the thousand year reign of Christ will show every single person who was in Hell exactly why they were wrong.  They rejected Salvation in Christ Jesus.  Their lives were worthless, regardless of their potential contributions to mankind, because they rejected Salvation in Christ Jesus.  That single choice. That single decision. Is why they will go from Hell to the Lake of Fire. 

Salvation is wrought in the wisdom of God. It is the single, perfect, solution to the wages of sin.  It is the perfect manifestation of Wisdom and Knowledge. 

Yet people refuse to admit they have a need for it.  Satan murders millions each day to prevent them from grabbing onto that truth.  If God values it, Satan wants it. If God created it, Satan will try to create his own version of it.  

Are you seeking the wisdom of God today? Are you living today like it could be in the next breath you take you will be standing before Jesus?  That's how close the Rapture could be.  It's not me predicting it. It's in accordance with Scripture. The people writing the Bible admonished the readers to live like today could be that day. 

Or are you falling into the trap with the rest of the world? 

2 Peter 3:4 ""and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation. '"

Look at what you decide to do and think. Is it following what God has in mind for you or is it what you have in mind for you?

I am facing decisions myself in that regard.  Prayer is where we ask God to show us His wisdom and knowledge because we cannot and should not trust our own. 

Find yourself in prayer and you will see what God can do. 

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