Good Monday morning to you all,
I read from Hebrews 10.36;
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
I heard a story shared with urgency last week. After many years of great service to a company, a single parenting mum with two children lost her job . It was implemented immediately and without any plausible explanation. Looking to the near future it’s very rough situation to be in, especially in a country with high unemployment, no social insurances and a few generations of her family to feed at her home.
I read, the secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29.
My thoughts swerve to the “Will of God”.
I reflect, there is the secret will of God and the revealed will of God, or in other terminology: Decreed and desired, sovereign and moral permitted and commanded and decretive and perceptive will of God.
Others say, there is but one will of God; however, there is a distinction in the objects to which His will relates.
W. Brakel writes “God commanded Abraham to sacrifice and kill His son Isaac; nevertheless, it was not God’s will that Isaac would die. This became evident from the outcome. There is a distinction here between the command and the result. God’s command was His revealed or preceptive will, which was the basis for Abraham’s behavior. He had to do everything which would contribute to the death of his son, which he also did. The result—that the death of Isaac would not take place by Abraham’s activity—was another matter and belonged to the secret will of God’s decree which Abraham perceived afterward when the voice of God prevented him. Or as Paul writes in Romans 8:28, In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” God decrees that all things will be used for the good of His children and for the glory of Himself. Back to the very beginning of our walk with Him; We chose to follow Him because He chose us first!
I wonder how then, do all of these thoughts help the mum in desperate need for God’s intervention. For sure, a reminder to keep tapping into the God’s ways, that His ways are higher then ours, and all accompanied with a call to prayer and communication with Him: “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven Matt. 6:10″, adding with the appeal for the revealed will of God to be followed on earth.
In many of the stories of the Bible it seems like the secret will of God is not to be revealed or solved but are there, so that we can witness God’s sovereignty at its most brilliant when he magnifies his wisdom in human weakness. May his sovereign will, secret will, or the will of God’s good pleasure and purposes and Godly intentions come to past.
I conclude and close the spiritual circle I opened with a short story to imply the other side of the circle with a favorite emphasis you’ve heard quite a lot of in my messages:
A pastor passes and greets a farmer, looking at the first green plants growing on his field. The pastor says to the farmer; wow – incredible, you and God have come a long way with this field! The farmer answers; oh yes you should have seen the field before I started farming – when it was just His field!
I wish you all a wonderful week!