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TRUST IN THE FATHER'S GOOD PLAN

D.A. Carson, in his excellent commentary on John’s gospel, relates the story of one 3rd century philosopher, Porphyry, who sneered at what he viewed as the inability of Jesus in these verses to make us mind.  Did Jesus misstep or fail to make up His mind? No. Quite the contrary.  Here before us is not an undecided mind but is instead a mind “made up”.  That is a mind resolved to only follow the Father’s guidance in all things at all times (John 5:19).  

As always then, a real, rather than superficial, study of Jesus shows us how to live and what kind of person we should always be endeavoring to become. He is eternally worthy of our imitation and a quick look at John 7:1-13 gives us one reason among millions.

Notice here that He only goes when the Father says it is time for Him to go.  He only speaks what the Father has given Him to speak—regardless of the opposition incurred.  He does not move according to human timetables built on unbelief or acquisition of fame for fame’s sake.  All fame, all acclaim is for the Father’s sake.

Part of living like Jesus is learning to trust in the Father’s good plan every step of the way and to seek His glory above all else.

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GOD, OUR GOD

A global pandemic, with all of its accompanying social and economic disruption, is as good a time as any to review this essential facet of God's character: He is holy. When we lose sight of the dimensions and meanings of His holiness, Scripture rushes to our aid and supremely so in the Psalms. What does God's holiness mean?

  1. It means that He reigns unimpeachably over the entire earth. To grasp this is to be moved to praise and trembling.
  2. Combined with His global reign is His justice. God is class distinct or supremely unique, one of a kind—holy—because He alone reigns over all nations and He alone does so with perfect justice.
  3. Yet too, the holiness of God means that He reigns AND answers our prayer—just as He did for Moses and Aaron, and Samuel. He is not a king that is aloof and unapproachable.
  4. He answers our prayers but in His justice, does not overlook our sins. We have relationship and fellowship with Him but He is holy. Sin is no light matter. Although He answered the prayers of Moses and Aaron, he also disciplined them (Num. 20:12).
  5. And yet, best of all is that God's holiness, expressed in His justice filled global reign, culminates in this fact: He is our God (Psalm 99:9).

So in the midst of this pandemic we know and love a God who is holy. He orders global affairs, reigns over all nations and situations, will bring perfect justice no matter what's happening at present, hears us when we call, disciplines us for our good, and gives us the privilege of calling Him our God, forever.

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