Thinking about God's Sovereign and Commanded Will
I'm thinking more and more about the sovereign will of God that unfolds before our eyes but is hidden from our sight until it comes to pass. And I'm thinking about the commanded will of God that is right there front and center waiting for us in the Word of God.
Now, we encounter many troubles and trials in life. We experience many things hard to understand. We don't know how to reconcile the good we see with the evil we also see. It's easy to wonder who's in control, even while we acknowledge the sovereignty of God, knowing that He truly is in control of the world.
As we are looking for answers, we are once again pointed to the compass of Scripture. I am comforted by two specific passages. The first is in the Old Testament, in Deuteronomy chapter 29.
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
We can't see God's sovereign will until it unfolds, but we can see His commanded will, it is right there in the Word of God. Therefore, all who name the Name of Christ and call themselves followers of His must be busy doing the revealed will of God, the commanded will of God, and trust the sovereign will of God, which we cannot see, to Him alone, to be worked out in His perfect time.
The second is in the New Testament in Ephesians chapter 1.
“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory." (Ephesians 1:11-12)
Notice, He works all things after the counsel of His sovereign will. So even though you don't understand everything that happens in life, you can rest in the knowledge that God does, and He is going to use everything for His ultimate glory. The good, the bad, and the ugly are ingredients that are mixed into His plan. And He is orchestrating the world in such a way that He gets maximum glory. This is for your good, and it enables you, really it frees you, to serve His purposes in this often ungodly generation, obeying the commanded will of God in Christ's strength and to the praise of His glorious grace.