His Purposes Cannot Be Restrained
- Date: November 30, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.” (Job 42:2)
- From God's Sovereign Goodness
Look over at Job 42 for just a second. I've just been criticized recently about the style of my teaching, if there is one. The critics have felt that the only real productive and scholarly method of teaching is expositional teaching, expository teaching. I don't believe that. First of all, the Bible-the greatest teacher in the world, Jesus, never taught expositionally. He taught topically. He took from books all over the Bible and brought forth practical truths for the moment. That's how Jesus taught. He didn't sit down with the book of Deuteronomy and go through it verse by verse. When the people He was speaking to were involved in a certain need, He drew from all of the wisdom of the Scriptures and the wisdom that God had given Him by the Spirit and spoke to the needs of the moment.
As I've shared, what I try to do, in being a topical teacher, you try to get the mind of the Spirit, the wisdom of God, for what the needs of the community are. My method is to go through the Bible and read every verse on that subject, and hopefully the Spirit of God can bring it forth to meet the need that's among us. The one thing I know is this: that as we're living in the Spirit of God, whatever your needs are, whatever God has called me to do, God is in the heavens, and He does whatever He likes. He's going to get His Word to us and meet all of our needs.
Here's a very interesting verse that has nothing to do with that, but it does have to do with the verse we read in Psalm 115, verse 3. Job 42, verse 2, "I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee." The Hebrew says it a little differently. "No thought of Thine can be hindered," or even better this way in the Hebrew, if you get it specifically, "No purpose of Yours can be restrained." No thought, no determination-the thought is the purpose or the will that God would have. "None of it can be withholden from Thee. Whatever You desire is what's going to happen. No purpose of Yours is restrained."
God is on His throne, and He is doing whatever He wants, and He is allowing this foolishness. Because as it was in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Lord. Get ready. It's going to be ugly. You haven't seen anything yet. Until every nation, including America, turns on Israel, God will not come and deliver His people, and the end is not yet. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus. I hate to see us abandon Israel, but God is the source. And God alone will put the hook in the jaw of the king of the north and bring them down and the king of the south. You see the king of the north-all of the Azerbaijanis, all of the Muslim nations that are on the southern ring of what used to be the Soviet Union, and Iran as the leader of the king of the south, the Muslims. See, this whole thing is not nationalistic. It's religious, and it's taking over our country. We will be hated of all men for His name's sake, praise God. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.
When you begin to wonder why, and how are these absolute insane political decisions being made, and why is it unfair, that we as Christians are the only ones being persecuted, and this isn't just, and this isn't right, and we have rights, let me remind you: God is on the throne, and He'll do whatever He pleases. If He didn't want that for us, it couldn't happen. We'll be hated of all men for His name's sake. That's the will of God for us. Are you ready to embrace that? God is sovereign, and He could stop it, but He won't. Are you still going to love Him? Are you still going to say He is good? Are you still going to say, "This is right"? God is good. "I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." What is the goodness of the Lord, then, in the midst of all of this? His presence-His presence. We run into Him and He is our high tower; He is our hiding place. So God is good, and He is sovereign, and He does whatever He pleases.