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In the hardest of times we learn most

September 29, 2009

Wayne Watson wrote long ago in a song that “in the hard times, you learn a whole lot of Jesus.”  But only if you believe that He is a loving, good and sovereign Godwho is always in control of everything that enters into our lives.  John Ensor, whose book I have been so enjoying this month (The Great Work of the Gospel, Crossway Books) states this so well:

By ascribing sovereignty to God, we are asserting that God is not up in heaven wringing his hands, saying, “Things have gotten out of control! What am I to do?”  To trust in God’s sovereignty means to trust that he is in control and is working for our good in all things both good and evil.  Because God is sovereign, Proverbs 16:4 can say, “The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.”  Because God is sovereign, the Bible can record how the Son of God could be “crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men” and yet declare that Jesus was “delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23).  Sinners do wicked things and are accountable for it.  God’s sovereignty means that he forces even wicked behavior to serve his ultimate good (p. 148).

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