God’s Will

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I take God’s will not to be something that I have got to discover outside of myself, as it were; but because He is living His own life in me, the road I walk is His road, and therefore I take it for granted that He already has the answer in hand for all problems I meet on it.

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Knight of Faith, Volume I
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Divine Interference

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If divine interference is absolutely necessary to the salvation of any creature, it must also be necessary for every creature. The fact that He does save one of his creatures is conclusive proof that He in time will save all of them because if He saves some and not others, a few and not all, the Scriptures which He inspired would be nothing more than a lying mockery and deceit. God is no respecter of persons.

Alan Burns (1884-1929)
Faith Fellowship Magazine, Volume 58, Number 1
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The Free Will of God

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It is said that we can affirm nothing certain of any soul eternally free. But it is overlooked that God is as eternally free as any soul – and more so – and that, in the exercise of His eternal, sovereign free-will, He “will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

R.T. Polk (1837-?)
New Hampshire
Voices of the Faith (1887), page 354
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Faith in God’s Goodwill

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… Good will toward men (Luke 2:14).

… It is your Father’s good pleasure … (Luke 12:32).

… According to the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:5).

… According to His good pleasure (Ephesians 1:9-10).

… His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

The good pleasure of the Lord is a tremendous thing. The Gospel is “good news.” It is the spirit, the attitude, the mind of God toward us that is the thing of importance – His goodwill.

God’s attitude toward us is a “goodwill” attitude, in a very vast and full way. Many an adversity, but the goodwill is looking over it all and following the whole course. I can say this out of my own coward heart, that knows only too well what it means to wonder whether the will of God is always good. What begins with goodwill (“good will toward men”) develops and unfolds to a vast fullness encompassing all ages – “the good pleasure of His will.”

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks
A Witness and a Testimony
March-April 1954, Vol. 32-2
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God’s Pattern in Our Lives

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God is working out a pattern in our lives. We see only the present and the immediate, but God sees the whole picture of one’s life as it will appear when the last stroke of the brush has completed the picture. In this pattern of our lives there are bright spots and dark backgrounds, all of them necessary for the complete portrait. As we pass through the dark experiences of life, we see only that dark piece.

Our experiences resemble a jigsaw puzzle. Here is a black piece that seems to fit nowhere at all. It does not make sense. Here is a little brighter piece. Other sections of the jigsaw puzzle are dark, and some pitch black, and we cry and moan in these black moments; but by-and-by the Master will take all the pieces that look so disconnected to us now and will carefully arrange each piece in its proper place. Then we shall see His completed work – the work of a Master who makes no mistakes.

When it is all ready, we shall find that the dark pieces of the puzzle were as important to the completion of the full beauty of the pattern as the bright sections.

Take heart, dear child of God. Father makes no mistakes. He loves you more than you love Him, and even as the child cannot understand an earthly father until he reaches maturity, so, too, we cannot understand all now; but someday we shall understand.

M.R. De HaanM.R. De Haan, M.D. (1891-1965)
Broken Things – Why We Suffer (pages 104-105)
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