*I am finally back after some business travelling. Sorry for the interruption.*
In my absence, there has been quite a bit of discussion about two things. The first is with our old friends the “free-gracers”, and the second is with a well-known atheist objector.
I was, and am not actively involved in either of the discussions, and my absence of a few days allowed me to look at the discussions from somewhat of an outside perspective.
It is interesting to note then, that both the atheists and the “free-gracers” seem to object to the same thing, albeit in different formats and from different perspectives.
Both groups want to hold on to positions not consistent with the Christian God. Both objectors to the reformed position want to deny God’s omnipotence and sovereignity. The atheist objectors hold that God should be subject to to whims of limited and finite humans, while the free-gracers want to deny the power of the Holy Spirit to change human souls. Both these objections are old and tired, yet we are constantly bombarded with statements of incredulity as to why God has to subject His will to ours.
It is quite outrageous, and very human. Of course, God in His infinite wisdom has already answered all of these objections:
Psa 147:1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
Psa 147:2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
Psa 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psa 147:4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
Psa 147:5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
Psa 147:6 The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.
Psa 147:7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!
Psa 147:8 He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills.
Psa 147:9 He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
Psa 147:10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, Psa 147:11 but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Psa 147:12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
Psa 147:13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.
Psa 147:14 He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat.
Psa 147:15 He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
Psa 147:16 He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
Psa 147:17 He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?
Psa 147:18 He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
Psa 147:19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules to Israel.
Psa 147:20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his rules. Praise the LORD!
God has control over everything, He is the one and only Creator, King and Savior. People may deny it all they like, and we know that many will, but that does not change the simple objective truth of God’s sovereignity and all-mighty power. If some people want to claim that it is bogus, then so be it. Their claims have no truth-value, and deny the very basic characteristics that makes God God.
It is human nature to try and fit things into our limited spheres of reference and cultural paradigms. That does not work with God. He exists not to be measured and fit into our minds and perceptions, but to rule the universe and beyond, as He sees fit.
Glorify Him today and every day for His mercy on you.