Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Exodus 15:18; Psalm 66:7; Acts 17:29

Many today flippantly talk about "God" like they do their fellow-workers or their neighbors. Sadly, this is taking the holy "Name" of our Creator "in vain" (Exodus 20:7). "God" is invisible to the natural eye, so men suppose they can flick "him" around like a cigarette butt, or kick "him" around like a football. To our modern world the concept of an "absolute, sovereign, holy" Creator-Judge-Redeemer is so out of place, very few even want to think about it. May we not be guilty of this, but may we truly meditate on His greatness and glory, being given eyes to see by faith "Him who is invisible" (Hebrews 11:27).

The Bible is either God's infallible revelation of Himself to us or it is not. Scripture has proven its trustworthiness through the centuries, and we have personally found it true and worthy of our study. So let us all be reminded of these powerful verses: "The Lord shall reign forever and ever" (Exodus 15:18). "He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; do not let the rebellious exalt themselves" (Psalm 66:7). "Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising" (Acts 17:29).

These three verses alone tell us much about the God of the Bible. "He SHALL reign forever." He does not "try" to reign if only we "let Him." "He RULES by His power." He has no problem ruling, and He "observes the nations." He sees all, knows all, upholds all, and holds all accountable, but is accountable to no one! God is not "like gold or silver or stone," which men's gods are made of. He moves and talks, but dead idols cannot. He made us, but no one made Him. He is totally and absolutely sovereign, meaning He does as He pleases, and acts totally independent of all creatures and His creation (Psalm 135:6). God's "Divine Nature" is His Godhead, which means He cannot be fully understood or explained, so there is no need to try.

The infinite God of heaven and earth fills all space and time. In other words, He is "omnipresent" (Psalm 139:7). God cannot be frustrated in any sense (Isaiah 46:9-10). He neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4). You cannot say that about any creature of time. God's purpose is to make a people like Himself, through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. That is, He has an "eternal purpose" whether men believe it or not, whether they understand it or not (Ephesians 3:11). "Purpose" or "decree" is not what mortal men love to think about, for it puts us in the dust. But when it comes to the true and living God, that is what we have. And God is jealous for His own Name and cause, and some day all men shall acknowledge Him to be the one and only Absolute Sovereign of the universe, for "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever" (Revelation 11:15). How long, beloved? "Forever and ever."

"God governs the world, and we have only to do our duty wisely, and leave the issue to Him." John Jay

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