“From All Eternity…..God did it!”

From all eternity God designed that our world should be the stage on which He would display His manifold grace and wisdom in the redemption of lost sinners: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph 3:11). For the accomplishment of this glorious design God has governed the world from the beginning, and will continue it to the end. I t has been well said,

“We can never understand the providence of God over our world, unless we regard it as a complicated machine having ten thousand parts, directed in all its operations to one glorious end–the display of the manifold wisdom of God in the salvation of the Church”, i.e., the “called out” ones. Everything else down here is subordinated to this central purpose.”1/

Pink reminds us that God has providentially ordained history, rules and governs everything that comes to pass; that God exerts upon His own elect a quickening influence or power; an energizing influence or power; a directing influence or power; and, a preserving influence or power. He has also pointed out God’s method of dealing with the wicked:

“Upon the wicked God exerts a restraining, softening, directing, and hardening and blinding power, according to the dictates of His own infinite wisdom and unto the outworking of His own eternal purpose. God’s decrees are being executed. What He has ordained is being accomplished. Man’s wickedness is bounded. The limits of evil doing and of evildoers has been divinely defined and cannot be exceeded.”2/

What glorious and wonderful knowledge this is that our God is enthroned over all the earth, running it according to His good pleasure and will, for the accomplishment of His purposes, for the praise of His glorious grace, and for the good of His own people. When we look out at the world and its horrific events pasted all over our televisions and newspapers and see folks running around with what seems chaos, God is seated in majesty bringing forth His glorious purposes to their appointed end. He is operating in the world, in our own lives, and in His history as He has deemed appropriate and perfectly carrying out His decrees as He has purposed. Isn’t this just the most comforting and restful doctrine to our souls? It surely is. When we have this peace that passes understanding and trust in this Sovereign God and His perfect, almighty design for life, it brings comfort. This is why we can know for sure and take comfort when the Scripture says in Romans 8:28 “all things work together for good” and in verses 38-39:

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God is operating His world, according to His divine plan and purpose, not one thing is out of control, not one change has been made to His everlasting and divine plan ordained in eternity past and this should give us hearts of adoration and lips of praise! What a wonderful God we serve! Praise and adore Him today for what wonderful things He has done for you in Christ!!

Living Coram Deo,
JoyPals-ReformedWomen

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1/ A.W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God” 111-112
2/ Ibid.
Original excerpt from comments by JoyPals-Reformed from the ReformedWomen book study, “The Sovereignty of God,” 2001

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