What is the will of God for my life? How do I live faithfully in the times of mystery? Am I responsible for my actions? Today we talking about God’s Sovereignty, His hidden will, His revealed will, and how we can prove faithful in knowing and not knowing every day.
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Knowing God’s Will
God has a Sovereign will because God is sovereign and He acts with sovereignty.
Psalm 95:3, Romans 9:19, Ephesians 1:11, Psalm 115:3, Job 42:2
Theologians agree that when talking about God’s will we can look at two aspects of it as seen and described in the Bible:
God’s hidden will
God’s revealed will
Some things of God’s will are hidden from us and some are revealed to us.
Deuteronomy 29:29 says “Secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and our children forever.”
God’s hidden will includes what will happen tomorrow, or next year, or how something will work out. There are things that are hidden from our knowledge.
In the times of mystery, even in the every day when we do not know what tomorrow holds, I love what author Guy M Richard wrote in his article called, “Our business is not to give our attention to the the hidden or secret things, but to those things that are revealed.”
The revealed will of God is revealed to us in His Word. So if we want to know what God has plainly willed for us, then we need to be in the Word of God.
Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
There is a plethora of God’s revealed will for us to discover in God’s Word and faithfully live out through His grace.
A great rule of thumb is asking “is it sinful” if not, “is it wise?” And how do we find out if it’s sinful or wise, in God’s Word. And if it clears those things, then there is great freedom.
Sovereign God and Human Decisions
“How is God sovereign, and yet humans are still responsible for their actions and decisions?”
Here’s the Truth that we know:
God is the primary cause of all things.
He is Sovereign and acts with Sovereignty
Nothing surprises Him
Nothing happens by accident.
God also does not sin, but He does use sin sinlessly to accomplish His purposes
People are the means through which God brings about His purposes
Author Guy M Richard says,“God’s sovereignty employs our actions and decisions and uses them in accomplishing exactly what God intends to happen.”
We have the ability to disobey God.
We cannot live like our sin is simply a fulfillment of God’s Sovereign will as to absolve our guilt from what we’ve done. God uses our sin sinlessly and is conforming all things to the pattern of His will.
God uses our decisions to bring about His purposes.
RC Sproul is know for saying, “Embrace the Godness of God.” Relent to the fact that God has hidden things from us but is still working out His perfect plan, and while living in the hidden things, live purposely in the revealed things.
When we don’t know, there are still things we do know.
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