God’s Prerogative

Matthew 20:15   (KJV)   15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

God is sovereign, meaning, He is absolutely powerful, absolutely free, and is absolutely in control of all situations. He can do whatever He wants to do. Although we’re free to question Him—how he does things, why He does things; our questioning only helps matthew-20-15-divine-prerogativeperhaps in letting out our steam; but it doesn’t really hold ground because He knows best. And even when He reveals His motivations and actions to us, there’s really no guarantee that our finite minds understand.

God has full prerogative, authority, and right to do things His way. Praise God. He doesn’t need to consult anyone or ask permission from anyone. He owns everything; He does whatever He wants to do with His possessions. That’s comforting because contributions from us won’t help perfect what’s already perfect; we can’t improve on Him. Yet, you know what’s interesting? If we would humbly admit: we have questioned God so many times—directly and/or indirectly.

There are many situations when we would have done things very differently. Would we really forgive others 70 x 7? Would we really love our enemies? Would we really turn our other cheek—not for another kiss but another slap? Would we really not exact vengeance? Would we really rather serve than be served?—Most probably not. Isn’t it true that even now when we already know our wise God’s instructions for best and most blessed living, we still find ourselves many times wanting to do the opposite?

Thank You Lord for doing what you do. There’s no other way. Everything you do stems from your love, grace, kindness, goodness, mercy, justice, patience, wisdom, and beauty—always the best, from the Best, for our best. We prefer no other way.

Let’s Eat

John‬ ‭4:34‬   (‭KJV‬‬)   Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Doing God’s will is our food; that’s why we hunger for it.

Doing God’s will becomes our complete meal when we finish His work.

Our food is already served–big; we just need to partake of it. His will is for us to harvest as many precious souls as we can, and to do it until the end. The harvest is plenty, and they’re ripe and ready.

Unjust Suffering

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1 Peter 2:19   (KJV)   19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

There are people who are good to us and there are those who aren’t; we are good to everyone. There are times when people are good to us; there are times when they’re not; we are good to them always. God’s pleasure is our pleasure; and it’s His pleasure for us to be good and do good no matter how others treat us. We suffer from unjust or wrongful treatment; we patiently endure. Our minds are set on Him and His pleasure. It’s good to be liked; we want people to see our good works so they can see God’s work in us. But not everyone looks; not everyone sees; there are those who are blinded by pride and their predispositions; they don’t notice reality even when it’s right in front of them as clear as broad daylight. There really is wisdom in living for God’s pleasure.

God’s expectations are clear and unchanging; men’s expectations are often vague. And even if they’re clear; they often change. And if they don’t, many are often unpredictable and woefully undependable. We can be conducting ourselves extremely nicely to them, but they can simply misread our actions, or listen to others who don’t like us. Sadly, there are very gullible people. That’s why it’s useless to make man’s pleasure our main focus and goal. What’s best is focusing our eyes on God, our intimacy with and obedience to Him, and the needed glory to glory changes. There’s no higher purpose than God; there’s no better way to live than being godly, good, and right; there’s no more rewarding journey than the journey towards Christlikeness.

We may be surrounded by very ungodly or God-hating people; we just keep on being godly and God-loving. We may be living in a world of evil, deceit, hypocrisy, hatred, and curses; we just keep walking in goodness, honesty, genuineness, love, and blessings. It’s not easy, but we’re determined. We know it’s doable. We just follow the footsteps of our precious Lord Jesus; He’s been there. Speaking of suffering for doing good; He’s the perfect example: He suffered from the very ones He was saving. He knew it was His Father’s will to go through the cross, and He went all the way despite the very unfair, brutal, and evil treatment from His very own.