Today's Devotion: April 25
Responding to Life
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
We are used to hearing people say, "I did what I thought was best." Even if a person's actions didn't produce the desired outcome, we empathize with him or her because we've been there ourselves. Faced with a decision, we gather our facts, seek advice, weigh the pros and cons, and then finally make a decision. Because we are imperfect, it's hard for us to imagine someone choosing and acting perfectly. It's hard to imagine someone with a sovereign will whose decisions are always right and for the good.
But that is how the Bible portrays God. Paul says that God "works all things according to the counsel of His will" (Ephesians 1:11). God doesn't gather facts, weigh options, seek advice, compare outcomes, and then decide. Rather, God's will and word have been "forever … settled in heaven" (Psalm 119:89), carried out, as it were, before the foundations of the world (Ephesians 1:4).
God is love (1 John 4:8, 16) and God is sovereign (Acts 4:24). Those biblical truths must define our response to every circumstance in life.
Good when He gives, supremely good; nor less when He denies. E'en crosses from His sovereign hand are blessings in disguise.
2 Kings 19-21