God Does As He Pleases
God Does As He Pleases
One of the most difficult things to understand and accept is the fact that God does as he pleases. We have used the parable in Jeremiah 18 that portrays God as a Potter and mankind as the clay. This parable demonstrates to us that God is in control of our lives. It is very important as we begin to trust God that we understand that no plan of God can be thwarted. The other thing that we must understand is that everything God does for us is for our best. After all He sacrificed His son so we could once again have a relationship with Him – John 3:16.
God does as He pleases, and only as He pleases. No one can frustrate His plans or hinder His purposes. This concept is very difficult for us to understand, and some will not accept it. It is our nature to think that we are in control. We have difficulty admitting that we are not in control. To make sure that we understand God’s word correctly let us look at several Scriptures.
Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Psalm 115:3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
Daniel 4:35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
There are a number of other Scriptures: Isaiah 43:13; Isaiah 46:10; Ephesians 1:11. God does as He pleases, only as He pleases, and works out every event to bring about the accomplishment of His will. This can be a terrifying statement if that is all we know about God. He is perfect in love and infinite in wisdom. In our society today many writers ascribe the sovereignty of God to nature (mother nature). Kushner writes: “nature is morally blind without values it’s churns along following its own laws not caring who or what gets in the way.” God exercises His sovereignty for His glory and the good of His children.
“God does as He pleases” how does that relate to our trust in God?
Why is this statement relevant to us today?
God has a plan for you and me. God has the power to carry out that plan. No person or circumstance can frustrate God’s purpose for our lives. Of course we can choose not to trust God or abide by His will. God’s purpose is that all believers will conform to the likeness of his son. Romans 8:28–29 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
God also has a unique tailor-made plan for each of us. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. And also in Psalm 138:8. We must commit to Him the ultimate outcome of our lives. We must also commit to Him all the events and circumstances that will bring us to that outcome. If you have not committed to God the ultimate outcome of your life you may be headed for a disaster. One of the reasons we have difficulty with this is we do not see God doing anything. We see our own actions and the actions of others and events occurring and we evaluate these actions and events according to our own preferences and plans. We see ourselves controlling or being controlled by the actions of other people. Not by God. God is in control doing as He pleases. Not apart from these events or in spite of them but through them. Genesis 45:8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
Joseph brothers sold him into slavery. This was a malicious act. Joseph recognized that through his brother’s actions God was acting. God was sovereignly directing all the events of Joseph life to bring about His plan and purpose for Joseph. You and I may never understand the obvious outcome of God’s plan for us as Joseph did. That does not mean that God has no plan for our lives. God provided the story of Joseph to encourage us. Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
What God did for Joseph he will do for you and me. To learn to trust God we must live by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
God is speaking to you in: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
These words express a principle about God. A principle affirmed elsewhere throughout the Bible. Because God has a plan for you and because no one can thwart that plan you too can have hope and courage. You too can trust God. Very frequently we say “if only I had done this or that” or “if only that had not happened”. God never makes a mistake. God has no regrets. Psalm 18:30 This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
We can trust God He is trustworthy. The book of Esther teaches us that God cares for His children. The book of Ruth also teaches us that God is at work fulfilling His plan for His children.
How has God worked His purposes in your life? Do you trust God as He desires to trust him?