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2 I know [yada`] that thou canst do [yakol] every thing, and that no thought [mazimmah] can be withholden [batsar]
from thee. KJV-Interlinear
2 'I know that Thou canst do all
things, And that no purpose of Thine can be thwarted. NASB
Here are the verses that state that God is omnipotent,
and that God controls history.
'All things,' is all inclusive. There is nothing that God cannot do, and
there is nothing that can prevent Him from accomplishing His own purpose and
11 'For I know the plans that I have for you,'
declares the Lord,' plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future
and a hope. NASB
God intends for every good thing to come to each
person. Welfare, includes everything that will accomplish knowledge, wisdom,
prosperity, wealth, security, and happiness for each individual.
The main reason that people do not accomplish these
goals, is due to their own failure in pursuing their spiritual life.
But Gods plan is not limited to any one single person
in any one single generation. He has a
plan for the entirety of human history.
That history does not culminate until the end of the
Millennium, and even then, as eternity begins, Gods plan will unfold
continually and forever, before all believers who will be in heaven at that
As for now, we can only pursue our daily studies,
advance in our spiritual lives, and sit back and watch as history unfolds right
before our eyes.
Every generation in history has its tests. Our test is liberalism and the phenomenal
stupidity that accompanies it. Liberalism
is defined as any departure from truth.
Right before our eyes, fuel prices continue to rise,
food prices will continue to rise, our economy will continue to have complications,
disasters will become more numerous, larger in scope, and more dramatic.
And why? Not
because of some type of global warming, but because of the failure of far too
many folks in their spiritual lives.
This is not something that any election will solve. This is not something that you will be able
to solve. Only God can solve these
And how will God solve them? Well, usually the solution is accompanied
with hardship. Hardship that is intended
to open up people's eyes. For example,
when gas prices were under one dollar a gallon, folks empathized with
environmentalists and did not want to drill for oil. But as prices go over four dollars, and
continue to rise, that sympathy is fading and being replaced with the attitude
that more drilling is better. Why pay
for foreign oil when we have our own right here in our own back yard?
That is just an example of how change can come
about. Pain in the pocketbook. But then, God has many more mechanisms of
pain with which He can bring folks to their senses. Perhaps the pocketbook is a better one to
endure for the moment.
The real question is, will it be enough to bring folks
back to the reality of life and Bible doctrine?
Or, will it simply be one of many issues in an election and not really
bring change to the minds of folks?
In any case, anything man does or tries to do, will
not counter Gods overall plan for humanity.
Inevitably all of mans plans lead to failure, unless of course they are
consistent with Gods plan.
How so? Well,
take yourself. Ignore God and your life
will end up a total failure. That is an
example of mans plans.
But then if you pursue Gods plan for your life, then
your life will end up with great success.
That is incorporating Gods plan into your life.
You as an individual can succeed, regardless of how
this world functions.
On our horizon looms higher fuel prices, perhaps the
beginning of water shortages or famine, food shortages as we have already seem
in vegetables, rice, and other commodities.
And who knows what else.
But, regardless of mans failed management of the
world, with God in your life, you will be able to get by, though you will be
cringing from time to time, just as Job has suffered with his disease.
But you know what?
The suffering always ends, and blessings are always at the end of the
tunnel. Sometimes suffering is short,
and sometimes it is extended for long time.
Look back at our own history.
From the beginning of the great depression until some semblance of a
recovery came along, well over sixteen years passed (from 1929 to 1945). We had to go through a massive war before
things in the world settled down.
Far worse is in store for humanity as time advances
forward in our dispensation until the next.
All we can do is pray that our generation will not experience it, and
that our children will somehow escape it.
But again, regardless of what will occur in history or
when, our priority is to advance in our spiritual life, now, and wait on the
Lord. He controls history and He does
everything possible to give each one of us a great life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.