Thursday, November 22, 2012

Blessed Controller of All Things

Today is Thanksgiving, and I am thankful for our Blessed Controller of All Things. He is sovereign and He is good. I wanted to share this passage from The Perfect Love by Ruth Myers, a book I highly recommend.

"We have someone to champion our cause. That Someone is our God of love—perfect love that is inseparably linked with His perfect power and greatness. He is the King of all the earth, the God who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him; His eyes search the whole earth in order to strongly support those whose hearts are fully committed to Him (Isaiah 64:4, 2 Chronicles 16:9). This God of mighty love is eager to champion our cause...

The choice is ours. We can try to guard and protect ourselves, relying on our own puny defenses. Or we can give up our “rights” and instead have this wonderful King looking out for us, the Mighty One who always has our best interests at heart.

The fact is, He Himself has promised to look out for our rights. If it’s something truly right, He has promised to take care of it. Psalm 37 teaches us to trust in the Lord without getting upset and to commit out way to the Lord, knowing that He will indeed act on our behalf. “He will bring forth your vindication as the light,” we read in verse 6, “and your right as the noonday.”

Whether on this earth (today, tomorrow, or years from now) or in eternity, God is His time will right every wrong—if we let Him, and give up looking after our own rights. As we willingly open our hands and let go of those rights, we drop them into the hands of our Mighty One, the Champion who rides forth victoriously for the cause of truth and to defend the right.

“God is the Blessed Controller of all things.” (1 Timothy 6:15, Phillips)

“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand and I will do all that I please.” (Isaiah 46:9-10, NIV)

“But I have complete confidence in You, Lord; I have said, ‘You are my God.’ My destiny is under your control.” (Psalm 31:14-15, Psalms for Today version)

One of the most beautiful stories in Scripture about the sovereignty of God is the story of Joseph...God took the blackest fragment, the blackest piece in the lives of Joseph’s brothers—selling their brother into slavery—and made it central in a beautiful picture of salvation for them and countless others. That’s also what God did at Calvary...God took the worst, most hateful, most despicable thing man had ever done—killing the Son of God—and made it central in a beautiful picture of salvation for all mankind. Because of Calvary, we can claim that God will somehow work even our failures into desirable end results...

As we yield to His loving sovereignty, He works even our failures and mistakes, our weaknesses and our inadequacies—as well as the mistakes or malice of other people—into something beautiful, for His glory and our good.

“Frankly, I stand amazed at the unfathomable complexity of God’s wisdom and God’s knowledge. How could man ever understand His reasons for action, or explain His methods of working?” (Romans 11:33, Phillips)

The most important truth in my life is that God wants me to know Him in intimate, personal experience. Yes, He wants me to know the true concepts about Him in His Word. But He wants me to take each of those true concepts and allow Him to be that to me in personal experience...

God wants us to see ourselves linked with Him in the whole picture of our life. And He wants to reveal Himself so personally to us through the Bible that we can with our whole heart respond back to Him and say, “My Father, my Refuge, my Satisfaction.”

To really know God means that we see what He is in relationship to us, and then more and more, in the experiences of daily life, we let Him be that to us— we count on Him to be that."

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