Lesson 18 - Knowing God’s Promise
“God is in control of all things” -- There is no fine print to this promise. There are no disclaimers or tricky qualifiers.
All things and every thing -- every event, every person, all of the past, all of the present, all of the future -- falls under God’s jurisdiction.
Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
We know that we have another source of consolation and support, drawn from the fact that all happenings are under the direction of an infinitely wise Being, who has purposed the salvation of the Christian, and who has so appointed all things that they shall contribute to it.
All things such as our afflictions and trials; all the persecutions and misfortunes we experience, while they may be numerous and long-continued, they work together as a means appointed for our welfare.
They shall cooperate; they shall mutually contribute to our good.
They lead us to look to God for support, and to heaven for a final home;
They produce a subdued spirit. a humble temper, a patient, tender, and kind disposition. This has been the experience of all saints; and at the end of life they have been able to say it was good for them to be afflicted.
For good, for our real welfare; peace, and happiness in our hearts.
To them that love God, which is a characteristic of true faithfulness. To them, afflictions are a blessing. To others, they often prove otherwise.
On others they are sent as chastisements;
and they produce complaining, instead of peace;
rebellion, instead of submission; and
anger, impatience, and hatred, instead of calmness, patience, and love.
The Christian is made a better person by receiving afflictions as they should be received, and by desiring that they should accomplish the purpose for which they are sent; the sinner is made more hardened by resisting them, and refusing to submit to their obvious intention and design.
To them who are the called - those who had accepted the call, and were true Christians.
Christians are said to be called because God has invited them to be saved, and has sent into their heart such an influence as to make the call effectual to their salvation. In this way their salvation is to be traced entirely to God.
According to his purpose - God had a plan, purpose, or intention, in regard to all who became Christians. They are not saved by chance or hap-hazard.
God does not change people without design; and his designs are not new, but are eternal. What he does. he always meant to do. What it is right for him to do, it was right always to intend to do.
What God always meant to do, is his purpose or plan.
That he has such a purpose in regard to the salvation of his people, is often affirmed in the God-inspired, God-breathed scriptures;
2 Timothy 1:9
This purpose of saving his people is,
(1) One over which a creature can have no control; it is according to the counsel of his own will; Ephesians 1:11.
(2) it is without any merit on the part of the sinner - a purpose to save him by grace; 2 Timothy 1:9.
(3) it is eternal; Ephesians 3:11.
(4) it is such as should excite lively gratitude in all who have been inclined by the grace of God to accept the offers of eternal life. They owe it to the mere mercy of God, and they should acknowledge him as the fountain and source of all their hopes of heaven.
Loving God…Even More
Read this section in your book again. As you consider the contents of this chapter and God’s amazing love for you, what can you do this week, in obedience to Christ…
…to count on God’s goodness?
…to remember God’s power at work in your life?
…to love God with all your mind?
We know that in everything God works for good.