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Send me what thou wilt …

Can you say this with Spurgeon?

“Send me what thou wilt, my God,

so long as it comes from thee;

never came there an ill portion from thy table to any of thy children.”

“Say not my soul, ‘From whence can God relieve my care?’

Remember that Omnipotence has servants everywhere.

His method is sublime, his heart profoundly kind,

God never is before his time, and never is behind.”


Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, August 5th


God’s Will Is Not Thwarted

God’s will is not thwarted even by our foolish decisions.

We do have a responsibility to make wise decisions or to discover the will of God, whichever term we may prefer to use. But God’s plan for us is not contingent upon our decisions. God’s plan is not contingent at all. God’s plan is sovereign. It includes our foolish decisions as well as our wise ones.


Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges


What Is My Good?

Funny how the books I’ve been reading, the Bible study I’ve had, the conversations I’ve had and even the sermon last Sunday have all been so interrelated.  I posted about For My Good last week.

But what is my good?

See, like I asked previously, how can terrible things be for my good?

We have a flawed perception of what is good.  To us good is anything that makes us happier or fulfills our desires.

The question is what is for our good with an eternal perspective and with the wisdom of the Lord?

Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. ESV

See this is the verse that follows Romans 8:28 which most believers have no trouble quoting.

Romans 8:28-29 (ESV)
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Being conformed to the image of Christ is what the Lord desires for our good.  Everything that happens to us is for our good and is conforming us to the image of Christ.


Broken Belt or Shoestring?

It is hard to imagine that the Lord would even concern Himself with belts or shoestrings.  I mean really doesn’t He have enough to do?  Yet not only is the Lord concerned with such seemingly petty matters, but He even is concerned about them for His enemies.  Not a shoestring will break unless the Lord wills it!  Don’t believe me?  How about this verse?

Isaiah 5:27 (ESV) “… not a waistband is loose, not a sandal strap broken;…

This verse is found when the Lord is bringing judgment upon His people for their sin.  The Lord ensures that belts are not broken, sandal straps are not broken, nor are they even weary.  If the Lord will do all that for His enemies just think what He will do for those He loves; His own children.

Isaiah 5:25-29 (ESV)
25 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he stretched out his hand against them and struck them, and the mountains quaked; and their corpses were as refuse in the midst of the streets.  For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still.
26 He will raise a signal for nations afar off, and whistle for them from the ends of the earth; and behold, quickly, speedily they come!
27  None is weary, none stumbles, none slumbers or sleeps, not a waistband is loose, not a sandal strap broken;
28  their arrows are sharp, all their bows bent, their horses’ hoofs seem like flint, and their wheels like the whirlwind.
29 Their roaring is like a lion, like young lions they roar; they growl and seize their prey; they carry it off, and none can rescue.


No Plan Can Succeed Against Him

We make plans, but those plans can succeed only when they are consistent with God’s purpose. No plan can succeed against Him. No one can straighten what He makes crooked or make crooked what He has made straight. No emperor, king, supervisor, teacher, or coach can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not first decreed to either make it happen or permit it to happen. No one can say, “I will do this or that,” and have it happen if it is not part of God’s sovereign will.

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts –  Jerry Bridges

Isn’t that refreshing?


Obedience or Trust?

Here is another difficult concept to grasp. Trusting God is as important as obeying God.  Trusting God to provide for our needs is as important as obeying His commands?

… it often seems more difficult to trust God than to obey Him.

Yet it is just as important to trust God as it is to obey Him. When we disobey God we defy His authority and despise His holiness. But when we fail to trust God we doubt His sovereignty and question His goodness.

God views our distrust of Him as seriously as He views our disobedience.

“When the LORD heard them, he was very angry … for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance” (Psalm 78:19-22).

Psalms 78:19-22 (ESV)

19 They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
20 He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?”
21 Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel,
22 because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power.

Quotes from Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts –  Jerry Bridges


Can You Answer This Question?

Does God actually control the circumstances of our lives, or do “bad” things just happen to us because we live in a sin-cursed world?

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts –  Jerry Bridges

That is a tough question.

Can you answer it?

Better yet can you explain the answer to another?

I always tell my children that until you learn something well enough to teach it to another you really haven’t learned.

So do you have a good enough understanding of the answer to this question to share it with another?


What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace? [Kindle Edition] – Free Book

What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace? [Kindle Edition] – Free Book

by Richard Phillips

In six short chapters, Rev. Phillips demonstrates conclusively from Scripture that this view of salvation exalts God and makes plain His great love for man, which drove Him to do all that was necessary to redeem a people for Himself. In his opening chapter, Rev. Phillips cites the calling of Isaiah the prophet to show that a proper understanding of the sovereignty of God leads to a willingness to serve, a humble obedience to God s commands, a holy boldness, and a firm reliance on sovereign, saving grace. Then, over the next five chapters, he deals with the five doctrines of grace one by one-total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints providing thorough explanations, answering objections, and showing how the doctrines advance Christian living. What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace? is a compact, highly readable treasure chest of scriptural wisdom.

{Now there is also Kindle for the web which means you can buy books and read them when online but it doesn’t require downloading the Kindle for PC program.  This is a good option if you use multiple computers or your computer is full. :) The free kindle books are available a short time, they are done sorta like a sale and end quickly so you can’t wait a couple of days to “purchase” the free book. If you don’t actually have a kindle you can get the Kindle for PC which will allow you to read kindle books for free. There are also kindle versions for a blackberry and for an iPhone.}


Sovereignty of God – AW Pink

God does as He pleases, only as He pleases always as He pleases. None can thwart Him, none can hinder Him. So His own Word expressly declares: “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isa. 46:10); “He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand” (Dan. 4:35). Divine sovereignty means that God is God in fact, as well as in name, that He is on the Throne of the universe, directing all things, working all things “after the counsel of His own will” (Eph. 1:11).

Mr. Spurgeon says in his sermon on Matthew 20:15: There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that Sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all.

Men will allow God to be everywhere except on His throne. They will allow Him to be in His workshop to fashion worlds and make stars. They will allow Him to be in His almonry to dispense His alms and bestow His bounties. They will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends His throne, His creatures then gnash their teeth, and we proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He wills with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter; then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on His throne is not the God they love.

Attributes of God – AW Pink