“He does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can stay His hand, or say to Him, ‘What are you doing?’…”
“Thy will be done”, we pray in the Lord’s prayer. And it is. In truth, it is God’s will that finally matters for only God’s will is truly free. This means that only God’s will is pure enough, perfect enough and enduring enough to bring a holy, righteous, unalterable and gracious purpose to all things. To claim such a free will for ourselves, therefore, is nothing short of blasphemy, for it is to claim something that belongs to God alone.
The undiluted witness of the Bible is to the sovereignty of God’s Holy will over what we call history. He rules the world with gracious and almighty power.
Providentially, the Bible tells us that God wills to send the rain upon the just and the unjust, freely extending the blessings of creation to all.
Through the course of time God’s will sets up and overthrows all rulers and earthly authorities. Good and evil alike are summoned into the task of governance, for judgment and mercy, where the wicked may be restrained and the benefits of life may be protected and extended.
Therefore, I may enter this day with the confidence that God will rule my trembling heart and tentative steps, helping me to grow in the knowledge of faith and the capacity to love. I may trust that all the circumstances of my life, even when I am tested to what I believe is beyond my limits, are not beyond the working of God’s good, holy and gracious will.
“May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.”