In my last two posts , which you can find here and here, I started to talk about the challenge that man sustains in his dealings with God especially when it comes to understanding why God does what He does.
Today I attempt to give the second reason. It’s not entirely different from the first, however it shows us a different dimension to it.
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
The second is this: His will.
Notice the counsel of his OWN will. It is neither a reaction to man nor is it to the happenings on the earth. In the context of the possibilities of Salvation and the kingdom, the will of God is the hinge upon which it all turns. And ultimately the human story will turn based on the working of that which accords to the will of God.
God works all things after the counsel of his will. This is not a simple statement I assure you. It’s very profound. The base word in the Greek for work in 11th verse speaks of an effective, fervent engagement which is also efficient. No energy wasted, every step is calculated, decisive and geared towards achieving a singular goal. So much so that nothing is spared – all things.
Nothing is beyond the scope of the reach of the will of God. In our lives there might have been certain deviations, certain inherent difficulties, faults, complications and consequences. It doesn’t matter much because when we submit our lives to God, He is able to take what we bring to him and re-engineer our lives to according to his Will.
The idea is not to give the sense that, we can idle away and waste our lives and all that but later show up and watch God do his thing. No, it is really to say that, over and beyond every else, the outcomes of our lives aren’t inherently random, because when we submit to God, He makes all things configure to meet his intended end.
I’m saying that God’s will is stronger than anything you can imagine. It’s stronger than the fractures of our lives. Stronger than the pressures of our lives. God works all things according his will. All things.
Nothing is spared. God works all things according to the counsel of his will. However for you and I, there’s a small caveat. Because we also sustain a will, it’s important that we yield our will to the will of God. It’s the preferred route. It’s the prescribed route.
In my next two post, I will write on the third reason and then one reason why we can sustain trust in God.