As I stated in a previous blog, I am reading Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics every Christian Should know by Wayne and Elliot Grudem. Here of are some of main points of Chapter 2 titled “What is God Like.”
God wills what He will
He continually works all things according to the counsel of His will, and He chooses to what He does & does not do.
- also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, (Ephesians 1:11)
All things were created by God’s will.
- “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power ; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” (Revelations 4:11)
Human governments have their power according to God’s will.
- Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. (Romans 13:1)
Sometimes it is God’s will that His children suffer.
- For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. (1 Peter 3:17)
All of the events of our life are subject to God’s will. That is why James encourages us not to boast in our planing.
Events Christ’s death and events around it took place according to God’s will.
- “For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. (Acts 4:27-28)
Sometimes God’s will is clearly revealed such as in Scripture, and at times it is not. We should have humble reliance upon God and His sovereign control.
- ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
- Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” (James 4:15)
We should be cautious in difficult situations, saying that something is the Lord’s will if it is not clear from Scripture. An example would be saying that evil events happen according to God’s will. This can make it sound like we are blaming God for evil and sin or He delights in this. In the Bible, humans and sinful angels (demons) are always blamed for sinful actions, God is never blamed. Even in Christ’s death.
- this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. (Acts 2:23)
God is never to be blamed for or thought responsible for sinful or evil things. The exact relationship between His will and evil is not something He chose to completely reveal to us. We must take comfort in the fact “the secret things belong to the Lord.” (Duet. 29:29)