‘the invincible will of God’ – continued

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A prelude to this post can be found at ‘the invincible will of God’ and preferred reading before continuing.

Before expounding this truth any further there are three scriptural text that we must consider:

 

Proverbs 21:1

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water, He turneth it whiter so ever He will.

 

Nahum 1:2-8

The Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at Him and the hills melt and the earth is burned at His presence, yea, the world and all that dwell therein. Who can abide in the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire and the rocks are thrown down by Him.

 

Hebrews 13:20-21

Now the God of Peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ. To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen

There are many other scripture references that we could have used to bring home this point, but for the sake of time and space I have selected these three to bring out three truths that permeate in the sovereign realm of God and He operates in these areas in bringing about His divine will.

 

Controls the hearts of men:

Consider His working in King Cyrus of Persia (Ezra 1:1-3)… In the first year of Cyrus, a pagan king, the Lord stirred up his spirit to build Him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Not only did Cyrus release the Jews and allow them to return to Jerusalem, he made sure that they had all the material needs to complete such a task… The decree of Cyrus? The hand of God and Cyrus’ heart in that sovereign hand.

I have found that man is often oblivious to God’s hand and involvement when He is in fact at work. If we consider Pharaoh, Exodus 1:10, Pharaoh enacted a plan that would prevent the seed of Abraham from becoming to great in number and possibly unifying with Egypt’s enemies.

The affliction and oppression of the Hebrews and the killing of the male  children was at least in Pharaoh’s mind a tool to keep the people of God in submission and place of service, but God used these very acts as a tool to bring them out of their complacent service to the Egyptians and to the point of crying out for God’s mercy.

The fullness of time had come, “that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them 400 years”. Pharaoh’s best laid plans to thwart, extort and suppress the people of God had been used of God to bring His people back to Him that He might set His love upon them and bring them out with a mighty hand. What we see here is Pharaoh’s heart is in the hand of the Lord and Him turning it whither so ever He wills.

 

Controls the elements in nature:

I have found this to be the most used tool of God in bringing about His will. From famines and droughts to a mighty tempest in the sea, in order to get a group of fearful mariners to toss His disobedient prophet overboard that He might realign him in a spirit of repentance and service while all along giving us a powerful life lesson concerning the physical death, burial and resurrection His Christ… Yeshua ha Massicah. He has His way in the whirlwind and the storm. They are at His beckoning and control.

 

Controls every intricate detail of His child’s life:

From the selling of a young man into slavery by his brothers, to the rise and preeminence to the highest and trusted position of Pharaoh, Joseph was placed in a divine role to be used of God. His brother’s “intended it for evil but God meant it for good to save much people alive”.

 

 

For an in-depth study of these three spiritual truths one only need to consider the last years of the Apostle Paul’s life; Acts chapters  21-28.

Paul is arrested in Jerusalem and imprisoned in Caesarea. It was this night that the Lord stood by him and told him “to be of good cheer, for as thou have testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also in Rome”. Acts 21:11

Now for the Apostle Paul, I would liken this to when our Lord told His disciples in Capernaum that they must pass over to the other side. Come ‘hell or high water’, he is going to Rome and nothing shall pluck him out of the Father’s hand. Paul’s journey to Rome is… ‘the invincible will of God’

After the Lord appeared unto Paul that night, he was brought before the Sanhedrin, Felix, Festus and even King Agrippa. There were certain Jews that banded together and bound themselves  under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

Even Agrippa thought Paul’s fate rested in his hands as he stated unto Festus “This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar”. The fate of Paul did not rest in the members of the Sanhedrin, or the soldier’s that counseled the centurion to “kill the prisoners lest they swim out and escape”, or even in King Agrippa, but their hearts were simply in the hand of God and He was orchestrating the events that would land Paul on the other side.

Loaded on a ship destined for Rome, the shipped is tossed to a fro amidst a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. I am sure the occupants of the ship must have been concerned for their welfare, but the Lord sent a messenger to reassure Paul that… “he would be brought before Caesar”.

The tempestuous wind wrought havoc on the ship but all the inhabitants of the ship were spared, just as they had been divinely commissioned by God.

Having escaped to the island called Malta, while gathering sticks for a fire, Paul was bitten by a venomous snake. Obliviously this snake was very poisonous as the barbarians thought Paul would most assuredly fallen down dead suddenly. But to they surprise the venom of the serpent was rendered non lethal, and that without the aid of an anti-venom. How can this be? ‘the invincible will of God’ 

Paul eventually arrived in Rome, but one must agree it was quite a bumpy ride to the other side. The Lord did not promise Paul it would be smooth sailing, just that he would get to the other side.

For two years he resided in Rome “preaching the kingdom of God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus. The invincible will of God, and a sovereign, almighty God that will bring it to fruition.

malachi

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