I’ve been reading a book called ‘The Attributes of God’ by Arthur W. Pink. I’ve grown up continually learning of God’s glory and the intricate works of His mighty design, but this book is widely broadening my understanding of His glorious sovereignty.
What consistently amazes me is the fact that the Lord knows every thought that creeps into my mind. Pink speaks on this in his book and quotes Ezek. 11:5, “For I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them..”. It is infinitely humbling to know that the Master of the universe is aware of your every action, but even more so that He knows your every thought.
But how sweet is the Father, that in His perfect omniscience, He unconditionally and steadfastly loves His sinful and unfaithful children!
Another topic Pink addresses is that things do not simply happen because God just knew they would, but rather He willed them to. Nothing happens that He doesn’t command; yes, even tragedies. Every single breath of every single being is known, willed, and ordained by God. We so overlook the simple importance of breaths. But when we look to Jehovah and realize our human state, it’s easy to see that we are in desperate need of a God even to fill our lungs with air, especially because we hardly can choose right over wrong most of the time. (The only way you could read that and feel discouragement is by possessing a self-centered mindset.) When our focus is on HIM and HIS goodness in not rejecting our sinful hearts, it’s a very encouraging reminder.
We can’t, He can.
I know that’s a pretty generic statement, but in so many ways it is truth.
When things get shaky, we aren’t always able to deliver; He is. Most promises made by humans are broken; His remain true after thousands of years. When words often seem to escape our minds, His speechlessness is not due to lack of vocabulary.
Another thing I’m consistently convicted of is a lack of making decisions with an eternal mindset. In this day and age, and many others I’m sure, humans don’t naturally choose things by one, thinking of how it will bring fame to God, and two, how it will effect your soul in years to come.
God deeply cares about His children gaining wisdom and living a life according to His will. James 3:13-17 says that Godly wisdom in itself is meek(humble, yet confident), but earthly wisdom is boastfully selfish. Verse 17 tells us that wisdom from above is peaceable, gentle, merciful, etc. So when our souls are filled with those characteristics, our actions will be influenced by them. Proverbs 16:2&27, “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD(Yahweh) weighs the spirit…A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.”. If we don’t allow the Lord to have full reign over our hearts & minds, all our ways WILL be impure. There’s no doubt about it. When we aren’t spiritually aligned with the Father, our actions then fall out of line with the scriptures.
Psalm 119:17-18, “Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live out and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” – O God, let that be our daily prayer. Help draw Your children closer to Your mighty, loving arms!