1 Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.
2 Why should the Gentiles say,
“So where is their God?”
3 But our God is in heaven;
He does whatever He pleases.
The gods of this earth, who are the figments of the imaginations of their followers, live in temples, in idols, in houses and in shrines. I remember going into a deep cave in Mexico. At the back of that cave was a statue of Mary and trinkets and offerings left in front of the statue. Someone thought that the back of a cave was a good place to place an idol. The idolaters of this world may ask s where our God lives. They may want to see some representation of our God. You see, they can show us representations of their gods.
I love verse 3. It is my newest memory verse. “But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.” First off, our God does not live in temples made by hands. How could He? He who made all things cannot be contained in the things He created. Thankfully, our God is above all things and in all things not just the back of a cave or the inner sanctum of a church building. He is in heaven! The gods of this earth can only lead their followers to their grottos. Our God leads us to His dwelling place where Jesus went to prepare a place for us.
Secondly, and this is the best part, He does whatever He pleases! I do not influence the wisdom of God. He does not come to me for ideas. I cannot improve His divine and sovereign plans. Furthermore, if God did listen to me His plans would cheapen, not improve. No, He does what He pleases according to His wisdom, His understanding, His mercy and His grace. His shared grace sends rain, the growing agent for the crops, on the just and the unjust. He is longsuffering toward all men not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
God’s pleasure is the good of His people. Romans 8:32 tells us that He gave us His Son and will not withhold any good thing from us. Verse 28 tells us that God works all things for good for those who love Him, those called according to His purpose. Yes, God does what He pleases but what God pleases to do is for our good and for His glory. I am glad God has not listened to all of my requests. Some of them would not have been good. I am glad He does what He pleases in regards to my life and His church.
On Sunday I finished the series of Creation from the Rest of the Bible. These four messages are now online at www.graceforlifebc.com and can be watched there. I had several goals in this series; one of them was to get you to think a bit deeper about creation than you have. It was a lot of material, I know. If you take time with it you will find yourself thinking biblically about a topic that has come under great attack in the last 90 years.
“Thank you” to all who provided meals for our family during the time of my mother-in-laws funeral. We had around 40 people together, most of them from out of town. We housed seven and went to Beecher every day for five days. The extra food was a tremendous help and your love to us was poured out in a bountiful and wonderful way. Thank you so much.
The funeral went very well. Pray for my father-in-law as he faces a new “normal” with mom gone and the 24-7 care that he gave her is ended. Ed is staying with him another week and I am thankful that he can do this.
I will be speaking at Sunrise this morning. Pray for this service that God will use it to encourage hearts to think of Him.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS