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A thought from Job:

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“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

(Job 42:2)

God’s sovereignty is a truth that no Christian would intentionally deny. But what happens among most believers today, is that once they affirm this biblical doctrine with their lips the quickly forget it with the mind and hearts and move on to another doctrine. They affirm God rules all things and that it is impossible for Him to be “tripped up” or delayed, and then turn around and speak things like, “God wants to do such and such, but you won’t let Him.” That sounds good, but there are some serious ramifications to holding to such statements! Apart from denying the words you just affirmed, you are in the process of deifying man and humanizing God.

Two rebuttal arguments that are often proposed in opposition to the truth of God’s total sovereignty are:

God is so sovereign that if He chose to give man a completely free-will and still be sovereign then He could do that.” Essentially they claim that God could give up some of His sovereignty and still be sovereign; that He could relinquish control over something, or someone, and yet still control it/them. For this to be true, one must redefine the meaning of “control”, as well as “relinquish”. If words had no sure meaning then I guess that would be possible. (But then how could we communicate truth, if words have no set definition?) ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

(Job 42:3)

Another one is:

God says that His purpose will not be thwarted, so ultimately He will win, but that doesn’t mean He was in control the whole time.” This is just not biblical. God says He does all His pleasure (Isaiah 46:10), that He works all things after the counsel of His own will (Ephesians :11); that He does according to His will in the host of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth (Daniel 4:25). This attempted rebuttal also denies that God is concerned with the details of our lives, as it says He gets His way in the end, but not in necessarily in the middle. It also is problematic in that if God doesn’t control the means He doesn’t control the ends. It makes Him indifferent to what happens from start to finish as long as the finish ends as intended. This rebuttal is also an illogical proposition. For this to hold true it would have to be held that God is only concerned that every knee bow and tongue confess that He is LORD; and not concerned with who is in heaven or hell. For if God wanted Hitler in heaven, and tried to get him there, but he’s in hell, then God’s purpose for Hitler was thwarted, also since Hitler wasn’t a believer and was the catalyst for a world war, then there are many deaths that was not intended, as well ad broken homes, national debts, etc. Those who died in the war who God intended to raise children, had none; so God’s plans for all those unborn children are completely thwarted. If God doesn’t control this minute in time, what guarantee do you have that He will control the next? Does it just so happen to work out for Him in the end? Absolutely not. We know He had planned all that comes to pass. Even the fall of man; as Scripture tells us Christ was The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

The problem is that when men deal with this topic they hold onto their unbiblical presuppositions, and unfounded ideologies of what God must be in order to be just and right, instead of see what God says He is and how He is just and right. We formulate what we define as right and just and then hold God to that since He tells us He is just and right. When He defines just and right. He says all he does is right, so we know that if He does it, it is right. God is good.

God is not regaining control over anything. He is not attempting to solve a problem that He would have preferred not happen, but since it did, He will step in a fix it. Satan, nor man, has thwarted God’s plan. And although their intentions are to do so, their attempts to thwart are nothing but fulfillment. Just as Joseph’s brothers. They meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.

No purpose of God’s can be thwarted, not even for an instant. God accomplishes what He desires in exactly the time frame in which He desires it to be accomplished. This was the climax of Job’s discovery. All that had befallen him was ordained of God. God had brought him to this end for His purposes. Satan, Job’s “friends” – they were tools in the hand of The Master Craftsman. Responsible for their actions? Yes, yet never out from under the control of Almighty God. As Loraine Boettner put it, “God wills righteously those things which men do wickedly.”

Then Job answered the LORD and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.

(Job 42:1-7) [emphasis added]

Soli Deo Gloria!

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