The Power and Goodness of a Truly Free God

Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps.

~Psalm 135:6

 

God is the one truly free being in the universe because whatever He wants He does.  He is never limited.  Personally, and I cannot verify that some of you might be different, I have a multitude of limitations.  For one thing, I would prefer I had more time to be able to read.

But I can’t.  If I took off a year to read and enjoy every book I currently want to read at a slow pace, writing reviews on my favorite titles, and having time to reflect in between each book, I wouldn’t finish half the list.  It would likely take decades, if not the rest of my life just pouring myself over book after book.  But I can’t.  I need a job.  And time to do it.

So I had something I wanted to do and found I wasn’t able to do it.  Thus I’m not utterly free to do what I want.  God is, however, free to do whatever He wants.  He’s the one who we never say, “He might want to, but He can’t.”

 

The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.

~Psalm 145:17

 

God is also good in whatever He does.  To bring in the above verse, God does whatever He wants which is always good.  Once again, I’m different.  I can’t do everything I want and some of the apparently good things I’ve done were not done out of love.

For example, I hate the sight of dirty plates and cups.  Sometime I offer to clean up dishes because I can’t stand the sight of them.  Hanging out with friends, sometimes they’ll marvel in that I get things off the table and start washing.  But many times I just can’t stand the sight of them.  I’m not being charitable.  I’m being a neat freak.  And the fact that I sometimes think highly of myself for doing so doesn’t help.

But not so with God.  He only does good.  The sending of His Son to save the world was good.  The Exodus was good.  The creating of the world out of nothing was good.  On the flip side, the drowning of Pharaoh’s army was good.  God commanding the Israelites to stone a man for picking up sticks on the Sabbath was good.

And God wasn’t just behind those events.  He’s behind everything.

 

37 Who has spoken and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has commanded it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and bad come?

~ Lamentations 3:37-38

 

And here’s another…

 

34  At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,

for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
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?”

~Daniel 4:34-35

 

Okay.  One more, just to round ’em off.  This one is about the crucifixion:

 

26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,

28  to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.

Acts 4:27-28

 

Wow.  God does whatever He pleases, its always loving, and its actually everything.  Now there are many questions this can lead to, but I want to leave it here.  This is why I know the Bible to be true.  No other system puts man at such a humorously low level and something that-is-not-man to a perfectly high level.

A couple of things to consider:

God disciplines us because He loves us.  (Heb 12:6)

What others mean for evil, God means for good.  (Gen 50:20)

Everything has a purpose.  Even evil.  (Prov 16:4)

Wild.

God loves us.

Absolutely wild.

He is big.  He cannot be stopped.

Crazy!

He is always good.  Always kind.  And He does what He wants.

Let your head explode!

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