11 Thus says the Lord,
The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:
“Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons;
And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.
12 I have made the earth,
And created man on it.
I—My hands—stretched out the heavens,
And all their host I have commanded.
13 I have raised him up in righteousness,
And I will direct all his ways;
He shall build My city
And let My exiles go free,
Not for price nor reward,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
There is no stronger statement as to the powerful and perfect will of God. He alone is behind all events doing His will as He sees fit. God answers to no one and He acts in perfection every time.
Israel was under the bondage of King Cyrus. Little did King Cyrus know that he was under the direct control of the King of heaven, but he was. God was directing Cyrus to rebuild the broken down city of Jerusalem and to do so without any personal gain coming from it. We have to remember that this was not a very king-like act for a human king. They did not let exiles free, pay for the rebuild of their city, provide protection when necessary and do all of this without at least demanding a high tax for several years. But God was in control and God made a prediction regarding His will; Cyrus did what God said he would do.
If you have trouble with God being the God of creation, we have here the words of God himself proclaiming himself as the Creator of the earth, of man and of space. All that we see, God said, He created by His command. When we see God as He is then we will have greater strength in the face of the trials of our lives. If we allow the world to weaken God by saying that He did not create the world and us in it then we do not have a God of great power for our lives.
Which of us can really question God? Which of us can bring Him to court and cross-examine His actions? To which of us does God come for advice? And if He did come to us for advice, which of us has enough knowledge of all events that we could give God good advice? As Job found out, we cannot question God for God is God over all things and God is good in all that He does. Even when we cannot see God’s goodness at work we have to know that we cannot see all that God sees nor know all that God knows so our conclusions are way before the end of God’s work and therefore are incomplete.
God is trustworthy, dependable, worthy of waiting on and fully believing in.
Our sister Nancy Schmidt is in great need of our prayers today. She has surgery planned for this evening that she must have but it is a risky surgery. I will be seeing her this morning and letting her know of our love and committed prayer on her behalf today. If you have her number do call or text her. Pray for the salvation of her family that they might seek the Lord at this time.
Tonight we will be having Bible study first so that those of you who work late can join us for prayer around 7:50. This Saturday at 8:30am Pray Naperville is using our church for a public prayer time. We are invited to join whoever comes for prayer as we pray for our community and their need for Christ.
Have a great day in the Lord,