Tuesday, May 8, 2012

In God We (Nearly) Trust

The book of Daniel declares no! "[God] has the power to do as he pleases among the angels of heaven and with those who live on earth. No one can stop him or challenge him, saying, "What do you mean by doing these thing?" (Daniel 4:35)

Scripture, from Old
Testament to New, from prophets to poets to preachers, renders on unanimous chorus: God directs the affairs of humanity. As Paul wrote, "God...is the blessed controller of all things, the king over all kings and the master of all masters." (1st Timothy 6:15 PHILLIPS, emphasis mine) No leaf falls without God's knowledge. No dolphin gives birth without his permission. No wave crashes on the shore apart from his calculation. God has never been surprised. Not once, "The Son is...sustaining all things by his powerful word." (Heb. 1:3) "He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need there is." (Acts 17:25) King David proclaimed, "In Your book were written all the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them." (Psalm 139:16)

Denying the sovereignty of God requires busy scissors and results in a hole-y Bible, for many holes are made as the verses are cut out...

...We pursue the wrong priority. We want good health, a good income, a good night's rest, and a good retirement. Our priority is WE. God's priority, however, is God. Why do the heavens exist? To flaunt God. "The Heavens declare the glory of God..." (Psalm 19:1) Why do people struggle? To display his strength. "I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act." (Isaiah 48:10-11) The Prophet proclaimed, "You lead Your people. to make Yourself a glorious name." (Isaiah 63:14)

Excerpt from Come Thirsty by Max Lucado

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