God’s Will

“He does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can stay His hand, or say to Him, ‘What are you doing?’…” Daniel 4:35


“Thy will be done”, we pray in the Lord’s prayer. And it is. In truth, it is God’s will that finally matters for only God’s will is truly free. This means that only God’s will is pure enough, perfect enough and enduring enough to bring a holy, righteous, unalterable and gracious purpose to all things. To claim such a free will for ourselves, therefore, is nothing short of blasphemy, for it is to claim something that belongs to God alone.


The undiluted witness of the Bible is to the sovereignty of God’s Holy will over what we call history. He rules the world with relentless, gracious and almighty power. Providentially, the Bible tells us that God wills to send the rain upon the just and the unjust, freely extending the blessings of creation to all.


Through the course of time God’s will sets up and overthrows all rulers and earthly authorities. Good and evil alike are summoned into the task of governance, for judgment and mercy, where the wicked may be restrained and the benefits of life may be protected and extended.


Within the Church God’s will governs through His Word and the Sacraments, through which He exposes our sin and brings us to know and trust Him in Jesus Christ through the forgiveness of sins, restoring us to Himself and preparing us for an eternal inheritance.


Therefore, you may enter yet another day of COVID complexities with the confidence that God will rule your trembling heart and tentative steps, helping you to grow in the knowledge of faith and freeing you for the capacity to love. You may trust that in all the circumstances of life, even when you are tested beyond what you think of as your limits, you are never beyond the working of God’s good, holy and gracious will for you in Christ.


“May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord”

  • Pastor Mark Anderson

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