Romans (LV)

ROMANS 8:28 (1)

(from a transcript of a sermon preached on 6/22/03 at Sovereign Redeemer Assembly)

Let's read Romans 8 verses 28 through the end of the chapter:

Romans 8: (28) But we know that [to] the [ones] loving God all things work together for good, [to] those being called according to purpose; (29) because whom He foreknew, He also predestinated [to be] conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be [the] First-born among many brothers. (30) But whom He predestinated, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (31) What then shall we say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? (32) Truly [He] who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up on behalf of us all, how will He not freely give all things to us with Him? (33) Who will bring any charge against God's elect? God [is] the [One] justifying! (34) Who [is he] condemning? [It is] Christ who has died, but rather also [is] raised, who also is at [the] right [hand] of God, who also makes intercession on our behalf. (35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [Shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (36) Even as it has been written, "For Your sake we are killed all the day; we are counted as sheep of slaughter." (37) But in all these things we more than conquer through Him loving us. (38) For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, (39) nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Today we come into a very precious and comforting section of God's Word. In Romans 7, we saw that Christians are constantly buffeted by indwelling sin. Earlier in Romans 8, we saw that Christians on this earth suffer persecution for Christ's sake. And in light of the sufferings of the present time, as we look to the time when we will be glorified with Christ in heaven to worship Him without sin, we groan in eager anticipation, even groaning in our prayers and not finding the right words, so the Holy Spirit intercedes for us and petitions on behalf of us. But in the midst of all of our troubles, we rest and are at peace in knowing what Paul says in verse 28:

Romans 8: (28) But we know that [to] the [ones] loving God all things work together for good, [to] those being called according to purpose;

ALL THINGS work together for the good of God's people. There's NOT A SINGLE thing that happens in us or to us or by us that is not for our good. Because God loves us, He providentially orders every single occurrence for the good of His people. Let's take some time to meditate on this.

First of all, in order to believe that God works all things for the good of His people, we must believe that God works all things PERIOD. We must believe that God sovereignly orders every single thing that happens in the entire universe. We must believe that God CAUSES everything to happen, from the actions of the smallest amoeba to the movement of the stars and planets. From the wiggle of a little baby's toe to the decisions and actions of governments. From the evil plots of wicked men to the good works of the righteous. He causes the rain and snow and hail to fall, the thunder to roll, and the sun to shine. He causes weather disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes and floods and famines and earthquakes. He causes war and causes peace. He causes birth and causes death. He causes a single feather from a bird or a single hair from a person's head to fall to the ground. And I could go on for days. God is sovereignly IN CONTROL and sovereignly ORDERS and CAUSES EVERY SINGLE THING to happen. Without believing this truth, there is NO WAY you can believe that God works all things for the good of His people. Because if God were not in TOTAL CONTROL of EVERYTHING, then there could be SOME things that happen that are not for the good of God's people, that are outside of God's control. Because this is such an important and essential concept, I want to take a substantial period of time to go through some of what God's Word says about His absolute control of all actions and events. Now when I read through these passages, I encourage you not only to think about God's sovereignty, but also think about how God uses these things for the good of His people. Everything that I'm about to read about God's sovereign control, every event that we're going to read about, is for the good of God's people. So, for example, when we read in 2 Samuel 17 that God caused Absalom and the men of Israel to heed the bad counsel of Hushai and to not heed the good counsel of Ahithophel, God did this for the good of His people. When we read of God controlling nature and human events, even causing calamity, God does this for the good of His people.

Genesis 8:22:

Genesis 8: (22) While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Exodus 7:3:

Exodus 7: (3) And I will harden the heart of Pharaoh. And I will multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.

Exodus 9:12:

Exodus 9: (12) And Jehovah made heavy Pharaoh's heart, and he did not listen to them, as Jehovah had said to Moses.

Deuteronomy 2:30:

Deuteronomy 2: (30) And Sihon the king of Heshbon was not willing to let us pass by him, for Jehovah your God had hardened his spirit, and had emboldened his heart, so as to give him into your hand, as [it is] this day.

Deuteronomy 32:39:

Deuteronomy 32: (39) See now that I, I [am] He, and there [is] no other God with Me. I kill, and I keep alive. I wound and I heal, and there [is] no deliverer from My hand.

Joshua 11:20:

Joshua 11: (20) For it was of Jehovah to harden their hearts, so that they should come against Israel in battle, so that they might be destroyed, so that they might have no favor, but that He might destroy them, as Jehovah commanded Moses.

1 Samuel 2:6-8,25:

1 Samuel 2: (6) Jehovah kills and keeps alive; He brings down and causes to go to Sheol. (7) Jehovah brings down, and He gives riches; He brings low; yea, He lifts up high. (8) He raises the poor from the dust; He lifts up the needy from the dunghill, to cause [them] to sit with nobles; yea, He causes them to inherit a throne of honor; for to Jehovah [are] the pillars of the earth; and He sets the habitable world on them. ... (25) If a man sins against a man, then God shall judge him. But if a man sins against Jehovah, who shall pray for him? But they did not listen to the voice of their father because Jehovah desired to put them to death.

2 Samuel 17:14:

2 Samuel 17: (14) And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite [is] better than the counsel of Ahithophel. And Jehovah had ordained to break down the good counsel of Ahithophel, for the sake of bringing the evil of Jehovah to Absalom.

2 Chronicles 10:15:

2 Chronicles 10: (15) And the king did not listen to the people, for [the] revolution was from God, so that Jehovah might lift up His Word that He spoke by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

2 Chronicles 25:20:

2 Chronicles 25: (20) And Amaziah would not listen, for it [was] from God, in order to give them into their hand, because they had sought to the gods of Edom.

Nehemiah 9:6:

Nehemiah 9: (6) You alone are [He], O Jehovah; You have made the heavens, [and] Heaven of the heavens, and all their host; the earth and all which is on it; the seas, and all that is in them; and You shall preserve them all alive. And the host of the heavens bows down to You.

Job 9:5-10:

Job 9: (5) [He] who moves the mountains, and they do not know; when He overturns them in His anger; (6) who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble; (7) the One speaking to the sun and it does not rise; and He sets a seal around the stars; (8) stretching out the heavens by Himself, and walking on the waves of the sea; (9) who made the Bear, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south; (10) who is doing great things past finding out; yea, marvelous things without number?

Job 12:14-25:

Job 12: (14) Behold, He breaks down, and no one builds; He shuts against a man, and no one opens. (15) Behold, He holds back the waters, and they dry up; and He sends them out, and they overflow the earth. (16) With Him [is] strength and sound wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are His. (17) He causes wise men to go stripped; and He makes judges fools. (18) He loosens the bonds of kings, and He binds their loins with a girdle; (19) making priests walk [away] stripped; and He overthrows the mighty; (20) turning aside the lip of the trusted men; and He takes away the reason of the aged. (21) He pours scorn on nobles, and He loosens the girdle of the mighty; (22) revealing deep things out of darkness; and He brings the shadow of death to light. (23) He gives greatness to the nations, and He destroys them; spreading out the nations, and He leads them out. (24) He takes away the heart of the heads of the people of the land; and He causes them to wander in a waste [in which is] no path. (25) They grope in the dark, and [there is] no light; and He makes them stagger like a drunkard.

Job 23:13-14:

Job 23: (13) But He [is] in one [mind], and who can turn Him? Yea, His soul desires, and He does [it]. (14) For He fulfilled my lot, and many like these are with Him.

Job 26:7-14:

Job 26: (7) He stretched out the north over the empty place; and He hung the earth on nothing. (8) He binds up [the] waters in His thick clouds; and the cloud does not burst under them. (9) He covers the face of [His] throne, spreading His cloud over it. (10) He has described a circle on the surface of the waters to the boundary of light with darkness. (11) The pillars of the heavens tremble and are stunned at His rebuke. (12) With His power He quiets the sea, and by His understanding He shatters pride. (13) By His Spirit the heavens [were] beautiful; His hand pierced the fleeing snake. (14) Lo, these [are] the edges of His ways; yea, what a whisper of a word we hear of Him! And the thunder of His might who can understand?

Job 28:24-27:

Job 28: (24) For He looks to the ends of the earth, [and] sees under all the heavens; (25) making a weight for the winds and measuring out the waters by measure. (26) When He made a decree for the rain, and a way for the flash, the thunderclap, (27) then He saw it, and declared it; He prepared it, and He also searched it out.

Job 38-41:

Job 38: (1) And Jehovah answered Job out of the tempest and said: (2) Who [is] this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? (3) Now gird up your loins like a man, for I will question you; and you teach Me. (4) Where were you when I founded the earth? Declare if you know understanding. (5) Who has set its dimensions, for you know? Or who has stretched a line on it? (6) On what [were] its bases sunk? Or who cast its cornerstone, (7) when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (8) Or [who] shut up the sea with doors, when it burst out; it came forth from the womb? (9) When I made the clouds to clothe it, and darkness its navel-band; (10) and I broke My limit on it and set bars and doors; (11) and I said, You shall come to here, but no further; and here your proud waves shall be set? (12) Have you commanded the morning from your days, [and] caused the dawn to know its place, (13) that it might take hold of the wings of the earth; that the wicked might be shaken out of it? (14) It is turned like clay [under] a seal; and they stand out like a garment. (15) And their light is withheld from the wicked, and the high arm shall be broken. (16) Have you gone to the springs of the sea; or have you walked in searching of the deep? (17) Have death's gates been opened to you; or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death? (18) Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Declare, if you know it all! (19) Where [is] this, the way light dwells; and where is the place of darkness, (20) that you should take it to its boundary, and that you should perceive the paths to its house? (21) You know, for then you were born, and the number of your days [is] great. (22) Have you entered into the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, (23) which I have reserved for the time of distress for the day of battle and war? (24) How [is] it, the way the light is distributed; [and how does] the east wind spread itself on the earth? (25) Who has cut a channel for the flood; or a way for the thunderclaps, (26) to make it rain on the earth [where] no man [is], a wilderness and no man in it; (27) to satisfy the waste and desolation, and to cause the source of grass to sprout? (28) Is there a father for the rain? Or who has given birth to the drops of dew? (29) From whose womb comes forth the ice; and the frost of the heavens, who fathered it; (30) the waters hidden like stone, and the face of the deep is captured? (31) Can you bind the bands of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion? (32) Can you bring out the constellations in their season; or can you guide the Bear with its sons? (33) Do you know the limits of the heavens; can you establish their rulership on the earth? (34) Can you lift your voice to the clouds, so that floods of water may cover you? (35) Can you send lightnings, that they may go and say to you, Here we [are]? (36) Who has put wisdom in the inward parts; or who has given understanding to the mind? (37) Who can by wisdom number the clouds or who can lay down the jars of the heavens, (38) when the dust is melted [into] hardness, and the clods cling fast together? (39) Will you hunt the prey for the lion, or fill the appetite of the young lions, (40) when they crouch in dens, [and] sit in the cover of their hiding place? (41) Who provides food for the raven, when its young ones cry to God [and] wander about without food? (39:1) Do you know the time when the wild goats of the rock bear? Do you observe the calving of deer? (2) Can you tell the months they fulfill; or do you know the time for their bearing, (3) [when] they crouch [and] bring forth; they send out their pangs? (4) Their sons are strong; they multiply with grain; they go forth and do not return to them. (5) Who has sent out the wild ass free, or who has loosened the bands of the wild ass? (6) To whom I have assigned the desert [for] his home, and the salt land [for] his dwellings? (7) He laughs at the roar of the city; he does not hear the driver's shouts; (8) he seeks out mountains [for] his pasture; and he searches after every green thing. (9) Will the wild ox consent to be your servant, or spend the night by your feed-trough? (10) Can you tie the wild ox [in] the furrow [with] his rope? Or will he harrow the valleys for you? (11) Will you trust him because his strength [is] great; or will you leave your labor to him? (12) Or will you have faith in him, that he will return your seed, and gather [it] to your grain-floor? (13) The wing of the ostriches flap joyously, though not [like] the stork's pinions [for] flight. (14) For she leaves her eggs to the earth, and lets them warm on the dust; (15) and forgets that a foot may crush it, or the beast of the field may trample it; (16) she treats her young roughly, as if [they are] not hers; for her labor [is] vanity without fear; (17) because God has made her forget wisdom; and He has not given to her a share in understanding. (18) At the time she lifts up on high, she laughs at the horse and its rider. (19) Have you given the horse [its] strength: have you clothed its neck [with] a mane? (20) Can you make him leap like a locust; the majesty of his snorting [is] terrifying? (21) He paws in the valley and he rejoices in [his] strength; he goes out to meet the weapons; (22) he mocks at fear and is not terrified; and he does not turn back from the sword. (23) The quiver rattles against him, the flashing spear and the javelin. (24) He swallows the ground with quivering and trembling, and he does not stand still for the sound of the ram's horn. (25) When the ram's horn [sounds], he says, Aha! And he smells the battle from a distance, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting. (26) Does the hawk soar from your understanding? Will he spread his wings toward the south? (27) Or does the eagle mount up at your mouth, and make his nest on high? (28) He lives and stays [on the] rock, on the crag of the rock and [the] stronghold. (29) From there he seeks food; his eyes see afar off. (30) And his young brood also sucks up blood; and where the pierced ones [are], there he [is]. (40:1) And Jehovah answered Job and said: (2) Shall a reprover contend with the Almighty? He who reproves God, let him answer it. (3) Then Job answered Jehovah and said: (4) Behold, I am vile! What shall I answer You? I will put my hand to my mouth. (5) Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; yea, twice, but I will go no further. (6) And Jehovah answered Job out of the tempest and said: (7) Now gird up your loins like a man, [and] I will question you; and you make Me to know. (8) Will you also set aside My judgment; will you condemn Me so that you may be justified? (9) And [have] you an arm like God; or can you thunder with a voice like His? (10) Adorn yourself with majesty now, and with grandeur, and clothe yourself with glory and honor; (11) pour forth the outbursts of your anger; yea, look on everyone who is proud, and bring him down low; (12) look on everyone [who is] proud, [and] humble him, and trample the wicked in their place; (13) hide them in the dust together; bind their faces in darkness. (14) Then I also will confess to you that your right hand can save you. (15) Now behold Behemoth, which I made along with you; he eats grass like an ox; (16) see, now, his strength [is] in his loins, and his force in the muscles of his belly; (17) he hangs his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together; (18) his bones [are like] tubes of bronze; his bones like bars of iron; (19) he [is] the first in the ways of God; his Maker brings near his sword. (20) For the mountains yield food for him, and all the beasts of the field play there. (21) He lies under the lotus, in the hiding-place of the reed and the marsh; (22) the lotus trees cover him [in] its shadow; the willows of the torrent circle him. (23) Behold, he is confident, even if Jordan burst forth against his mouth. (24) Shall [any] take him before [his] eyes, or pierce [his] nose with snares? (41:1) Can you draw out the leviathan with a hook, or hold down his tongue with a cord? (2) Can you put a reed rope into his nose, or pierce his jaw with a thorn? (3) Will he multiply pleas for help to you; or will he speak soft words to you? (4) Will he cut a covenant with you; will you take him for a slave forever? (5) Will you play with him as with a bird; or will you tie him up for your maidens? (6) Shall [your] partners bargain over him; shall they divide him among the merchants? (7) Can you fill his skin with barbs, or his head with fishing spears? (8) Put your hand on him; remember the battle; you will not do it again! (9) Behold, his hope has been made false; will he not be cast down at the sight of him? (10) None [is so] fierce as to dare to stir him up. Who then [is] able to stand before Me? (11) Who has gone before Me that I should repay? All under the heavens, it [is] Mine! (12) I will not keep silent [as to] his limbs, or the matter of [his] powers, or the grace of his frame. (13) Who can take off the face of his covering; who can come with his double bridle? (14) Who can pry open the doors of his face? Terror [is] all around his teeth. (15) The rows of shields [are] his pride, shut up with a tight seal; (16) one is so near to another that no air can come between them; (17) they are joined to one another; they clasp each other, so that they cannot be separated. (18) His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes [are] as the eyelids of the dawn. (19) Out of his mouth go burning torches; sparks of fire fly out. (20) Smoke goes out of his nostrils like a boiling pot [fired] by reeds. (21) His breath kindles coals and the flame goes out from his mouth. (22) Strength abides in his neck and terror dances before him. (23) The folds of flesh cleave together, cast firm on him; he cannot be moved. (24) His heart is cast hard as a stone, even cast hard as a piece of a lower [millstone]. (25) The mighty are afraid from his arising; from the crashings they miss the way. (26) The sword overtakes him, [but] will not hold firm, [nor] the spear, the dart, or the javelin. (27) He counts iron as straw, bronze as rotten wood. (28) A son of a bow cannot make him flee; slingstones are turned to stubble by him; (29) darts are counted as stubble; he laughs at the shaking of a javelin. (30) Points of potsherds [are] under him; he spreads sharp [marks] on the mire. (31) He makes the deep boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a pot of ointment; (32) he makes a path to shine after him; one would think the deep [to be] grayheaded. (33) There is nothing like him on earth, one made without fear. (34) He beholds all high [things]; he [is] king over all the sons of pride.

Psalm 8:3:

Psalm 8:3 When I look upon Your heavens, the work of Your fingers: the moon and the stars which You have fixed;

Psalm 74:16-17:

Psalm 74: (16) The day [is] Yours, the night [is] also Yours. You have established the light and the sun. (17) You have fixed the boundaries of the earth; You have formed the summer and winter.

Psalm 90:2-6:

Psalm 90: (2) Before the mountains were born, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You [are] God. (3) You turn man to dust, and say, Return, O sons of men. (4) For a thousand years in Your eyes [are] as a day, yesterday, when it passes, and [as] a watch in the night. (5) You flooded them away; they are [as] a sleep; in the morning [they are] like grass growing; (6) in the morning it sprouts and shoots up; in the evening it [is] cut off and dries up.

Psalm 104:1-32:

Psalm 104: (1) Bless Jehovah, O my soul! O Jehovah my God, You are very great; You have put on honor and majesty, (2) covering Yourself [with] light like a cloak, and stretching out the heavens like a curtain; (3) who lays beams in the waters [of] His upper rooms; setting thick clouds [as] His chariots; walking on the wings of the wind. (4) He makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flaming fire. (5) He founded the earth on its foundations; it shall not be shaken forever and ever. (6) You have covered the deep as with a robe; the waters stood above the mountains. (7) From Your rebuke, they flee; from the sound of Your thunder, they hurry away. (8) They go up the mountains; they go down the valleys to the place which You founded for them. (9) You have set a boundary that they may not pass over; they shall not return to cover the earth. (10) [He] sends springs into the valleys; they flow between the hills; (11) they give drink to every animal of the field; wild asses break their thirst; (12) over them the birds of the heavens dwell; they give voice from between the branches. (13) [He] waters the hills from His upper rooms; the earth is satisfied from the fruit of Your works. (14) [He] causes the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for the service of man, to bring food out of the earth. (15) And wine cheers the heart of man; oil makes [his] face shine, and bread sustains the heart of man. (16) The trees of Jehovah [are] satisfied, the cedars of Lebanon that He planted; (17) there where the birds nest; the fir trees [are] the house of the stork; (18) high hills [are] for the wild goats; rocks [are] a refuge for the badgers. (19) He made the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down. (20) You put darkness, and it is night; in it all the forest animals creep. (21) The young lions roar for prey, and to seek their food from God. (22) The sun rises; they are gathered, and go to their dens to lie down. (23) Man goes out to his work, and to his labor until the evening. (24) O Jehovah, how many are Your works! You have made all of them in wisdom; the earth is full of Your riches. (25) This [is] the sea, great and wide on both hands; there [are] creeping things even without number; living things, small and great. (26) There the ships go; You formed this great sea-animal to play in it. (27) All of them wait for You to give [them] their food in due season. (28) You give to them; they gather; You open Your hand, [and] they are filled with good. (29) You hide Your face, and they [are] troubled; You gather their breath, [and] they expire and return to their dust. (30) You send out Your Spirit, [and] they are created; and You renew the face of the earth. (31) The glory of Jehovah shall be forever; Jehovah shall rejoice in His works. (32) He looks to the earth, and it trembles; He touches the hills, and they smoke.

Psalm 105:25:

Psalm 105: (25) He turned their heart to hate His people, to deal craftily with His servants.

Psalm 115:3:

Psalm 115: (3) But our God [is] in Heaven; He has done all that He has pleased.

Psalm 135:6-12:

Psalm 135: (6) Every [thing] which Jehovah [was] pleased to do, He did, in the heavens and in the earth, and in the seas and all deep places. (7) He causes the vapors to rise from the end of the earth; He makes lightnings for the rain; He brings the wind out of His storehouses; (8) [He] who struck the first-born of Egypt, from man to animal; (9) [who] sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, on Pharaoh and on all his servants; (10) who struck great nations, and killed mighty kings; (11) Sihon, king Of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan. (12) And He gave their land as an inheritance, an inheritance to His people Israel.

Psalm 147:7-9:

Psalm 147: (7) Sing to Jehovah with thanksgiving; sing praise on the lyre to our God, (8) who covers the heavens with clouds; who prepares rain for the earth; who makes grass to grow [on] the mountains. (9) [He] gives the animals their food, to the young ravens that cry.

Psalm 148:7-12:

Psalm 148: (7) Let the sea-monsters and all deeps praise Jehovah from the earth, (8) fire and hail, snow and smoke, stormy wind fulfilling His Word, (9) mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars, (10) beasts and all livestock, creeping things and birds of the wing, (11) kings of the earth and all people, princes and all judges of the earth, (12) young men and virgins too, old men and youths:

Proverbs 16:4,33:

Proverbs 16: (4) Jehovah has made all for His purpose, yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. ... (33) The lot is cast into the lap, but all ordering of it [is] from Jehovah.

Proverbs 21:1:

Proverbs 21: (1) [As] streams of waters, the king's heart [is] in the hand of Jehovah; He turns it wherever He desires.

Isaiah 40:22-29:

Isaiah 40: (22) He who sits on the circle of the earth, even those living in it are like grasshoppers; He who stretches the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; (23) who gives potentates into nothing. He makes judges of the earth as nothing. (24) Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they are not sown; yea, their stem [is] not taking root in the earth. And He shall also blow on them, and they shall wither, and the tempest shall lift them up like stubble. (25) To whom then will you compare Me, or [am] I equaled, says the Holy One? (26) Lift up your eyes on high and look: Who has created these? Who brings out their host by number? By greatness of vigor, and might of power, He calls them all by names; not one is lacking. (27) Why will you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel; My way is hidden from Jehovah, and my judgment is passed over by my God? (28) Have you not known? Have you not heard? Jehovah, the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth; He is not faint, nor does [He] grow weary; [there is] no searching to His understanding. (29) [He] gives power to the faint, and to him with no vigor He increases might.

Isaiah 42:5,9:

Isaiah 42: (5) So says Jehovah God, creating the heavens and stretching them out; spreading out the earth and its offspring, giving breath to the people on it, and spirit to those walking in it. ... (9) Behold, the former things have come to pass, and I declare new things before they happen, I cause you to hear.

Isaiah 43:13:

Isaiah 43: (13) Yea, from this day I [am] He, and no one delivers from My hand. I will work, and who will reverse it?

Isaiah 45:5-7:

Isaiah 45: (5) I [am] Jehovah, and [there is] none else; there is no God except Me. I will clothe you, though you do not know Me, (6) that they may know from the rising of the sun, and to its going down, that [there is] none besides Me; I [am] Jehovah, and there is none else; (7) forming light, and creating darkness; making peace, and creating evil. I, Jehovah, do all these things.

Isaiah 46:9-11:

Isaiah 46: (9) Remember former things from forever, for I [am] God, and no one else [is] God, even none like Me, (10) declaring the end from the beginning, and from the past those things which were not done, saying, My counsel shall rise; and, I will do all My desire; (11) calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My counsel from a far off land. Yes, I have spoken; yes, I will cause it to come; I have formed; yes, I will do it.

Jeremiah 10:13:

Jeremiah 10: (13) When He utters His voice, [there is] a noise of waters in the heavens. He causes the vapors to go up from the ends of the earth; He makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind out of His storehouses.

Jeremiah 18:6:

Jeremiah 18: (6) O house of Israel, can I not do to you as this potter? says Jehovah. Behold, as the clay in the potter's hand, [so are] you in My hand, O house of Israel.

Jeremiah 31:35:

Jeremiah 31: (35) So says Jehovah, who gives the sun for a light by day, the laws of the moon, and the stars for a light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar, Jehovah of Hosts is His name.

Jeremiah 51:16:

Jeremiah 51:(16) When He gives [His] voice, a multitude of waters is in the heavens, and He causes the mists to ascend from the end of the earth. He makes lightnings for rain, and brings forth the wind out of His treasuries.

Ezekiel 17:24:

Ezekiel 17:(24) And all the trees of the field shall know that I, Jehovah, have brought down the high tree, [and] have exalted the low tree, [and] have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree flourish. I, Jehovah, have spoken and acted.

Amos 5:8:

Amos 5: (8) He who created the Pleiades and Orion, and turns the deep darkness into the morning, and He darkened the day [into] night; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the face of the earth, Jehovah [is] His name;

Habakkuk 1:6:

Habakkuk 1: (6) For, behold, I raise up the Chaldeans, the bitter and impetuous nation which is going into the broad spaces of the land, to possess dwellings not his own.

Acts 17:24-26:

Acts 17: (24) The God who made the world and all things in it, this One being Lord of Heaven and of earth, does not dwell in handmade temples, (25) nor is served by hands of men, [as] having need of anything. [For] He is giving life and breath and all things to all. (26) And He made every nation of men of one blood, to live on all the face of the earth, ordaining fore-appointed seasons and boundaries of their dwelling,

Ephesians 1:11:

Ephesians 1:11 in whom we also have been chosen to an inheritance, being predestinated according to [the] purpose of the [One] working all things according to the counsel of His [own] will,

Revelation 17:17:

Revelation 17: (17) For God gave into their hearts to do His mind, and to act in one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the Words of God shall be fulfilled.

From all that reading, what kind of importance does God place on His sovereign control of everything in all His creation? We've seen verse after verse after verse. Obviously, He places a lot of importance on it, and we need to understand that, and WE need to place a lot of importance on it as well. Is there any doubt, after reading these passages, that God works all things? Only a fool would believe that God does not work all things. Only a fool would believe that God is not in absolute control of all creation and all actions and events. Only a fool would say there is no such God.

But let's remember the main reason why we've looked into these passages today. It is to form the basis of the truth that God works all things together for the good of His people. We've established now that God works all things. The next time, the Lord willing, we will establish that all these things are worked for the good of His people, those who love Him. Amen.