GOD’S DECREES OF LOVE
“Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18 KJV).
“…prior to the creation and existence of the world, He ordained all the events that He would bring into existence, that is, the time and place, means of execution, individual activities, and the individual circumstances from beginning to end for each” Wilhelmus e Brakel (ref#232, p8).
“…I, the LORD, have spoken, and my words will come true” (Amos 9:12 CEV).
“God was alone when He made His decrees, and His determinations were influenced by no external cause. He was free to decree or not to decree, and to decree one thing and not another. This liberty we must ascribe to Him Who is supreme, independent, and sovereign in all His doings” A.W. Pink (ref#231, p3).
“…when I was still in my mother’s womb he chose and called me out of sheer generosity…” (Gal 1:13-16 MSG).
“…He chose us…before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love” (Eph 1:4 NASB).
“You were hardwired for love, so everything you decide, desire, think, say, and do is an expression of love for someone or something….Your capacity to love was created for him. Your desire to love was meant to draw you to him. Your heart was designed to long for love, and that longing was meant to find its final and complete fulfillment in him” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Mar 28th).
FATHER, in Your “sheer generosity” Your have chosen me. And by Your sovereign will You lead me circumstance by circumstance so I find my joy in You. How You love is by doing everything You have to do to bring me to the place where I make much of You. “Love is when God gets you to God.” (John Piper) You make all choices; may I learn to be humble and flexible and keep in step with what You choose for me so I might revel in Your magnificence.