Job 23:13 ” But He stands alone, and who can oppose Him? He does whatever He pleases.”

On the one hand, this verse could cause us to bristle with indignation and resistance. How dare God think He can do whatever He sets His desire on in my life! Don’t I even have a say in what’s happening? We could then be like Job and complain out loud, “We can’t dispute what God does.” (Job 9:3) In other words, we can’t cross-examine God, quizzing Him on His motives. So in the end we could end up blaming God, bitter for what has happened in our life, and very unhappy. But if we look at this verse from the viewpoint of God’s sovereign control, we can then rest in His decisions. For even though we may often not understand, we can still trust that God will always accomplish His perfect plan and purpose in our life. Isaiah 55:11, a very familiar passage, reminds us, “So is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” The bottom line is…the Lord’s word, by which He governs history, always carries out His desires…perfectly timed, perfectly executed, perfectly perfect.

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