Divine Outlook#4. “The LORD does whatever he pleases” (Psalm 135:6).

Divine Outlook#4. “The LORD does whatever he pleases” (Psalm 135:6).

Who’s reading your mail? In the early days of Email, a New Zealand lady was shocked to find out that her Email to a friend in the USA had been blocked by a US government security agency. The department concerned contacted her and informed her that the Email had been flagged because it contained two words that could have suggested a security risk to the then-sitting president. Surprisingly, the security agency openly informed the New Zealand population on TV that every Email was scanned as a matter of course. More surprisingly, as far as I am aware, no one in New Zealand seemed particularly concerned that a third party did what they pleased with their private correspondence.

Since creation God has invited man to tend to that which surrounds him. When done in concert with God, everything has been uplifted for the good of all. But when done with selfish intent, everything has been dragged down to the misery of all.

It is at this point that God is blamed for not preventing the evil people from doing as they please. “If there is a God,” they say, “why does He allow all this evil?” The simple, but usually unsatisfactory answer is, “God created man with free will. To remove that free will is to make him no different to a household appliance.”

However, free will does not suggest free reign. God is sovereign no matter what anyone says or does.

If someone or something was able to control God, then He would not be God. Thus, “The LORD does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths.” (Psalm 135:6).

Despite man’s best efforts to do his worst, God always does what is best. We must never mistake our inability to know or see God’s overarching plan for humanity as inactivity. God knows all, sees all, and rules overall.

The greatest thing that God was pleased to do was to call all men to Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. Praise God!

“But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases” (Psalm 115:3).

John Staiger

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