Numbers 23:19: “God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that he should change his mind. Does He speak and not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”
My daily devotional took me through Numbers 22-24, which is a strange account that shows that sometimes God will use scoundrels to further His kingdom. It’s an account of a bad man that God used to bless Israel. Sometimes God uses people who have no spiritual depth to say and do wonderful things, and further His kingdom.
A few months ago our pastor talked about the difference between God’s Sovereign will and His will for our personal lives. His will is that we would all come to know Him as Lord of our lives, but He has given us free will to choose. He could have made us without free will and chosen to force us to love Him, but by giving us the freedom to choose to love Him, he finds those who are genuine. He WILL allow us to NOT choose Him… to take a path that leads to destruction… He WILL allow us to make bad decisions… and by His grace alone, He will extends His grace to get our lives back on track when we’ve chosen poorly. In our personal lives, His will is our choice. But in His Sovereign will…. His work will be accomplished despite the choices we make. He does not need us to accomplish His Sovereign will…. but oh, what a wonderful place to be in the very center of His will for our personal lives as well as the center of His Sovereign will.
Pastor Stoper: “when God is determined to bless a people, nothing, but nothing, but nothing is ever going to interfere with or block that plan…if we know that we are moving in the direction God planned, nothing will ever cause us to loose His blessing or thwart His purpose for us”
Lord, I don’t know what I’ve done to find favor in Your eyes, but I know that everything I have has been given by Your hand. I have seen You work miracles and know the power You have. I want everyone to know You fully, and be able to find the purpose You have for their lives. I want to continue moving in the direction of Your will and Your purpose. I want to be used so that others may see Your glory and Your glory alone. My prayer for my friends today is that they would find Your will for their lives, and find their way right to the center of it, to be part of Your Will for their lives as well as Your Sovereign will and plan.
So very grateful for all You have done and are doing to further Your Kingdom.
Be blessed today, my friends