Bought by the Blood

November 1, 2009

Boice on God’s sovereignty in our failures

Filed under: Boice,God's providence,God's Sovereignty,Moses,Proverbs — cubsfan1980 @ 7:17 pm
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“We may not like to think so, but Christians do fail.  Through their failures they should learn to trust God in order that they might succeed in His service.  Another way of saying the same thing is that through failures they learn to follow God’s plans for their lives rather than their own…If a man can begin his career in such abject failure as Moses experienced and then rise to the heights he achieved, certainly we can rise from our early failures and ruined plans too.  If we do not – if we grieve over our plans that seemed good and even spiritual to us but which failed – then we do not understand God’s sovereignty.  We need to take our minds off our plans for a while and seek God…Only after we fail do we become aware that it is God and not ourselves who is working.  God’s plan will be accomplished. ‘There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand’ (Proverbs 19:21). This truth Moses came to know, and we must learn it also.  Someone has said, ‘Moses was 40 years in Egypt learning something; he was 40 years in the desert learning to be nothing; and he was 40 years in the wilderness proving God to be everything.'” James Montgomery Boice

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