Time for God to go to Work

“It is time for thee, LORD, to work:
for they have made void thy law.”

I love cool verses! This is a cool one. The Psalmist is calling on God to act because people are acting as if God hasn’t said anything, they are disregarding God and everything He said.

When people disregard God’s Word there is no hope for them other than God breaking in upon them, most likely through judgment.

To be deaf to God’s Word, to harden your heart, stiffen your neck, and set your face like flint to ignore God is to set yourself up for trouble.

God desires all men to repent, so if you ignore His Word you won’t be brought there. Perhaps God will pick on you some to get your attention.

If you resist His work on you, you may leave Him no recourse than to end you. He’s done it before and He’ll do it again. It’s better to take time to hear His Word now and respond by faith.

9 thoughts on “Time for God to go to Work”

  1. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”- John 5
    Once sin entered the world God started working to restore all things back to His original plan. It seems like a long drawn out process to us, but a thousand years is as a day to the Lord. And in the end He will restore all things back to His Son, who is worthy of all glory.

  2. You give warnings like this: “To be deaf to God’s Word, to harden your heart, stiffen your neck, and set your face like flint to ignore God is to set yourself up for trouble.”

    And yet God goes and does something like this in Exodus 7:3: “But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart…”

    The simplest reading of these passages of Scripture (including Romans 9) is that God is in control and we ultimately are out of control. And yet you say in your videos that this takes us “off the hook.” I still may not fully understand your view of grace, and my own view isn’t fully formed (all I know is that Jesus is Lord, and a gracious and loving Lord at that), but it seems that your statements conflict with Scripture.

    How do you reconcile all this?

  3. Fair question.

    Frist, God did harden Pharaoh’s heart as clearly stated in Scripture, yet Pharaoh also hardened his own heart, Exodus 8:15 and is thus on the hook. Just as the Bible said about Judas that it was written that Jesus would be betrayed, but woe to the man who does it. Even though God knew and Jesus knew Judas would betray, Judas is still guilty of betrayal.

    Second, Pharaoh and the deliverance of Israel is a unique situation dealing with Israel’s national implications. It does not deal with individual salvation. Yes, this point is debated, obviously!

    Third, the Bible makes it clear that it is possible for people to harden their hearts and that we should not do this. ROmans 1 says God hardening hearts is based on a consistent refusal to honor God. Romans 9:18 says God hardens who He will; ROmans 1 explains who he will harden, just as Scripture explains who God will have mercy on.

    Fourth, I doubt I’ve answered your question. Read the Scripture and let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

  4. Thanks for the answer, Jeff. In my own heart and mind, I’m satisfied that the grace of God has saved me. These are points that I bring up because non-Christians want answers, and I don’t really have them. I can’t reconcile Scripture so that man’s free will and God’s sovereignty are reconciled. If I had to sacrifice a doctrine, I suppose it would have to be free will so that I might trust God to know what he’s doing.

    Do you recommend any extra-biblical resources on the topic?

  5. It’s a tough issue. The reason there is a debate is because both sides have verses. My opinion is that the majority of the Church has gone over to the predestination side, which aint all bad. But it has also lead to universalism and easy believism. The Bible sure seems to say personal responsibility is a major issue.

    As to extra-biblical reading,, not really! The problem is that the debate has been so long and heated that books take one side or the other and belittle the other side. I read Calvin’s Institutes, went to the main source, but his main source was Augustine, so if you want main sources read Augustine.

    John WEsley was the most famous “arminian” besides Arminius. Wesley is more accessible. There are some anti-Calvinist books that are good. Roger Olson has a new one out “Against Calvinism” and I like Dave Hunt’s “What Love is This?” But again, these are written as anti-Calvinist books. To read Calvinist stuff, pick any well-known pastor and you’ll probably get it! John Piper is probably the best known Calvinist fan.

    To calirfy, I have no problem with predestination, calling, drawing, choosing, electing because all these are in Scripture. I also do not deny foreknowledge and I think foreknowledge is the key to the issue. Calvinism says foreknowledge is just another word for predestination, but it’s not. God knows things we don’t yet know. He knows who we are before we do. All judgment is based on what we do, therefore, foreknowledge must somehow be linked with GOd knowing what we’ll do in our future. To me it resolves the issue, but apparently it does not for others. My intent is to be faithful to the whole counsel of Scripture, not just romans 9 and ephesians 1.

  6. “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”-Gen 50:20 Here is an example of man’s free will and God’s sovereign will both working at the same time, but getting different results. Joseph’s brothers are responsible for their sin of selling their brother into slavery, and God’s will of ordaining that it should happen in that way. God is in no way responsible for their sin, they of their own free will, choose to sin, but God knowing that they would sin, ordain it so that His will might be fulfilled. So you have two wills working at the same time, one for evil and one for good, and yet God’s will shall never negated a man’s responsibility for his will to choose to sin.

  7. Paul – I’ve often looked at that verse in Genesis and figured what it may have meant, but for some reason your words here capture how I felt about it. Two wills working toward different ends, and it is God’s will that is always accomplished, whether immediately or in due time. Excellent.

    Jeff – Thank you for your suggestions. I’m steeped heavily in John Piper, so maybe I need to read something from the “other side.” It’s unsatisfactory for the atheist, but amongst our brothers and sisters in Christ, I rest assured knowing that regardless of our finer points of theology, the grace of Jesus Christ saves us despite our errors.

  8. Josh,
    You are so right, God’s will shall be accomplished in His perfect timing. It seems like a long period of time to man since Christ’s death, but thousand years is as a day for the Lord. He appointed His Son’s death on His timing, and He has appointed the very hour of His return. God is in complete control of the smallest detail, and yet He never violates a man’s free will to accomplish His. How God accomplishes this is a great mystery.

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