Devotions From the Heart
His Purposes Fulfilled
January 11, 2018
“I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” (Ps. 57:2)
For Christians, we live in troublesome times but there is truly “nothing new under the sun” as we know from the Word of God and history. In time and eternity, our God’s purposes for us in Christ are being fulfilled. God is on His throne ruling His universe, His people and working all things together for our good and His glory. Our Sovereign God and Savior is King and we are His beloved bride and children. It is glorious indeed to be able, as the Scripture’s say, to “cry out to God Most High who fulfills His purpose for me.” [Psa.57:2). This is wonderful to behold and just the thought of it should chase away all fear and doubt because we are in His mighty and powerful hands doing what He has ordained is always just right and perfect for us. Satan has no hold on us, we are Christ’s and are “seated with Him in the heavenlies” and empowered by His Holy Spirit to do “all things” well and when we do not, or we fail, or sin, or become cold and distant to Him, He knows perfectly well just how to bring us to our knees and back to His throne of grace to find help and comfort. What a glorious doctrine this is for our souls. Where can you find such love as this other than in Christ? No where, I am assured of it, that He, and He alone is “Love” itself.
Sometimes it is hard in the flesh to believe God’s promises, isn’t it? We want to trust in ourselves and in what we can do and see. We want to trust in flesh and men rather than God. We want to walk by sight rather than by faith. We cannot know or see the future but we think we can control it. It is folly for us to put aside our confidence and trust in Christ and depend upon our own sinful and weak nature. In Christ we can do “all things” and we have that indwelling Holy Spirit of God that assures us that we can “do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” So then, whether it is personal suffering or trial, illness or death, financial or loss, persecution from the believer or unbeliever, we can be at “spiritual” peace and rest because we are trusting Christ to “work” it out for us and work within us to be “overcomers” and strengthened from it. He promises us that there is “no good thing He will withhold from us” and we can take Him at His word and promise as truth.
We cannot blame Satan’s temptations as some do for our lack of biblical obedience and/or lack faith in God’s promises for our good. We know as Reformed and biblical Christians that Satan and his host have no control or power over us. We belong to Christ, have His Spirit, and every step that we take in this life is “ordered” by the Lord. When we fall away, in thought or deed, sin or commission or omission, we fall away of our “own lusts” and sinful nature and thus it calls us to repentance and renewal by going to our God in humble obedience and prayer before His throne of grace. We are saved sinners and until Christ appears for us and brings us home, we will always “sin” and “fall short” but we are covered in the righteousness of Christ and thus, we are safe eternally. God has done the work in eternity past through eternity future and we can rest and trust in that work of grace for our lives. What a glorious and wonderful comfort this is to us as weary pilgrims and soldiers of Christ. Be encouraged from this of God’s love and grace to you. When you become discouraged and fearful, remember these things and you will be comforted. The trials of this life are but a blink of time and we will endure because He has ordained it to be so. Thanks be to God for all of His gifts and blessings!
“God the great Creator of all things doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least, by his most wise and holy providence, according to his infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.” [WCF, Ch5,p1.]
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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