God is never frustrated

When we look around at the world and it seems like things are only getting worse, we can think of how it relates to God in several different ways. We’ll look at two. The first way is to think that God, in order to preserve human free will, allows these things to happen and is frustrated because He can’t or won’t do anything about it. He’s a concerned watcher, doing everything He possibly can, but ultimately, it’s up to our free choices. Surely, there’s an official, theologically positional name for this, but for our purposes, we’ll just call it wrong and unbiblical. And blasphemous.

God isn’t frustrated, and we would be foolish to think so. Psalm 33, for example, proclaims, “The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His hearts to all generations” (v10-11).

In contrast with that first view, this biblical view says quite the opposite. It’s not that human will frustrates God, but God’s will can frustrate man. He does what He pleases, much to the chagrin of those who would stand against Him. He is sovereign, totally in control of all things.

This raises at least a couple of important questions. First, does that mean that our choices don’t matter? No. Our choices do matter, and in fact, God ordains and uses all human choices in concurrence with His will. So, for example, was it Pharaoh’s choice or God’s choice that he didn’t free the Israelites? Both. Pharaoh “freely” chose to sin against God, and God ordained that he would do that so that He could show His power to all nations.

Secondly, since (note, not “if”) God is sovereign, why does the outlook of our nation and the world look bleak? The plain and most important answer? For His glory. Everything that is happening, much like the enslavement of ancient Israel in Egypt, and Pharaoh’s hard heart, and the Exodus, is for His glory. So, rest easy, sheep, knowing that all things are happening in accordance with His good, perfect, and pleasing will.

Today’s readings:
Psalm 33
Genesis 29:31-30:43
2 Chronicles 7
Luke 23:26-56


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