I was shocked when I checked back to see the date of my last blog posting and discovered it was dated February 2! It didn’t seem possible that it has been almost 3 months since I posted a blog! Seems a little ironic when I think about it. My last blog was “My Time — God’s Time” and I was bemoaning the fact that I never seem to have enough time to do everything I plan to get done each day. Then, because of the press of other time sensitive responsibilities, writing another blog kept getting pushed to “tomorrow.” So having thoroughly trampled all over the advice of seasoned bloggers to write my blog on a regular and frequent basis to keep my “followers” following my blog, I can only hope and pray a few of you are still with me!
In contrast to our human frailties and best of intentions, it is very reassuring to know that God never runs out of time to bring forth his purposes and plans in our personal lives — and in our world! He doesn’t have to put off until “tomorrow” what he has foreordained to come to pass “today.” The strong, unchanging attributes of God assure us of this.
He is omnipotent — all powerful. Nothing is outside his ability to bring to forth or to cause to pass at the proper time. Jeremiah the prophet proclaimed:
“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and
outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17 NIV)
He is sovereign — totally in control of all events. What he has planned or purposed, he will bring to pass … at his pointed time.
“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2 NIV)
Along side these astounding truths of his awesome power and authority are equally true reminders that nothing is too small to escape the attention and care of our loving Father. Jesus reminded his disciples:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground
apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all
numbered. (Matt 10:29-30 NIV)
God’s Word declares in many ways the truth that nothing is too small or too big to be outside of God’s full attention and complete control. But let’s be honest. Aren’t these truths sometimes difficult to believe in the light of often perplexing and difficult personal circumstances and the rapidly changing — and not for the better — world we presently live in?
For instance we read in Psalm 47:8 another powerful statement regarding God’s Sovereignty — his authority and power over the whole world.
“God reigns over the nations; God sits on is holy throne” (ESV)
But in contrast, we see all around us a world that is increasingly drifting away from God, a world where people thumb their noses at God’s moral laws and his authority over them. We are surrounded by a world that wants freedom from the ways and laws of God; everyone wants to do “what is right in their own eyes” (Judges 21L25). Our faith can be challenged and even shaken when we see a world around us that seems totally out of control, defying God’s right to rule over them and even denying his existence.
However, God’s Word reminds us that what we see in the visible, physical realm is not the full picture of what is going on in the invisible spiritual realm. The invisible spiritual world is more real and a more accurate reality than the physical world we live in! 2 Corinthians 5:7 declares succinctly that followers of Jesus Christ are to walk by faith, not by sight.
Our faith must be firmly fixed on God’s Word and the character of God as revealed in his Word, not what we see with our physical eyes. The apostle Paul, in his letter to Titus, when speaking of the Christian’s hope of eternal life, reminded Titus that this hope was promised, before the ages began, by God, “who never lies.” This truth is stated even more strongly in Hebrews 6:17 & 18, when the writer, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, declared that God’s character is unchangeable and “it is impossible for God to lie.” So the greater reality, is not what we see with the visible eye, but the unchangeable character of God — who cannot lie!
God’s Word reminds us as we experience hardships and problems in life, we are not to be discouraged or disheartened, by the temporary and passing afflictions in this world, but to have an eternal perspective — to focus on the invisible realities which are eternal and not the “transient” things in this world.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being
renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight
of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things
that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are
eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18. ESV)
“True truth” (an expression coined by Francis Schaeffer) from God’s Word describes the trustworthy character of God, providing a solid foundation for our faith to rest on. He is a a totally trustworthy God we can rely on in all the circumstances of life.
Early in the Old Testament, in response to Moses’ prayer for God to show him His ways, God responded with a description of his character:
“…The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and
faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin but who
will by no means clear the guilty..” (Exodus 34:6-7a)
When we look at the realities of the present troubling world we live in, we must keep our focus and confidence firmly fixed on the character of God — who will always be true to His character and His Word.
Much more could be said, but one other thought before I close this blog.
While it is often difficult to see in the present the reality of “God reigning over the nations, and sitting on His holy throne,” that truth is a present reality we can see with eyes of faith in God’s Word and his eternal plan and purposes which he has revealed in his Word. The Bible assures us that in God’s good and perfect timing, one day
Jesus will physically return to this earth and set up his kingdom and reign, at which time the reality of Philippians 2:9-10 will be demonstrated:
“Therefore God has highly exalted him (Jesus) and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every
tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
The assurance that God’s purposes will ultimately be fulfilled is boldly declared by the prophet Isaiah:
“….I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end
from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying: ‘My counsel shall
stand and I will accomplish all my purpose; …I have spoken and I will bring it to pass; I have
purposed and I will do it.”
God’s eternal purposes WILL be fulfilled — in his perfect timing…. not a day early, but not a day late.
You can count on it!