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God Had an Eternal Purpose for Everything

Feb 14, 2017 |

God is eternal. He always was and always will be. Anything that is eternal is also ultimately powerful, because nothing created Him and nothing can destroy Him. God alone has all power. (See the concept notes on God at Isaiah 40:28, Genesis 1:1, Psalm 147:5, and Psalm 18:30.)

On top of that, God has a purpose for everything (Eccl. 3:1). Because of God’s eternal nature, He can see what will happen. He can see the best paths toward a particular end.

Does that mean we’re like robots, following a plan over which we have no choice? No. Scripture reveals repeatedly that we have free will (Josh. 24:15; Rev. 3:20), and we are also responsible for our choices (Matt. 25:26–30, 33–36).

So in a delightfully mysterious way our choices blend with God’s purposes. We don’t have to figure out how. We simply have to choose to make good, wise, and timely choices.

That’s where God comes in. He will show us His pleasure and goals, and we get the delight of working along with Him. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” (Is. 46:10).

Think About It:

All of time is continually laid out before Him; because He is outside of time as we know it and because He has power over all of it, He can prepare things for a particular purpose and guarantee its success.

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One comment on “God Had an Eternal Purpose for Everything

  1. ClarenceTan says:

    God may have 1 key and ultimate eternal purpose for each of us. But I believe He also has many small eternal purposes as He shapes our spiritual formation. All that we do with Him is eternal.

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