Posted by: SandreS | March 12, 2010

All Things Are of God – Peace in the Middle of Life’s Greatest Trials, Part 8

Another foundational principle from God’s Word that will guide our hearts to peace, even as we experience life’s great trials, can be found in II Corinthians 5:18. In this verse Paul makes this amazing statement:

And all things are of God.

It is sad that many professing believers seem to believe in a “God” who is somehow less than “God.” Our Father, the God of Scripture, is the absolute Sovereign of the universe. How could it be otherwise and He remain “God”? Any concept that is less than this is weighed in the balances and found lacking!

In 1885 Arthur P. Adams (1845-1925) wrote concerning Paul’s powerful statement that “all things are of God”:

There is no statement in the Bible, that was made by an apostle, that is more remarkable and even startling than this statement. When you think of it seriously, it seems as though Paul was very unguarded and careless in his language. We are apt to think that he ought to have modified and limited it in some way, such as, for instance, all good things are of God.

But no, Paul makes the sweeping, unqualified statement, “All things are of [i.e., out of] God.” Furthermore, so important did Paul consider this truth that he repeats it over and over again.

The direct statement is made no less than six times in the writings of the apostle:

For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things … (Romans 11:36).

… There is but one God, the Father, of Whom are all things … (I Corinthians 8:6).

… All things [are] of God (I Corinthians 11:12).

All things are of God … (II Corinthians 5:18).

… The purpose of Him Who works all things after the counsel of His own will’ (Ephesians 1:11).

… Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things … (Hebrews 2:10).

Now, was the apostle careless and a little too bold in these utterances, or did he mean just what he said, and are they true, taken full strength? I say, without any hesitation, yes, to the two latter questions. The more we learn (the more revelation) of God’s works and ways the more we shall understand that in a sense absolutely “all things are of God.”

The knowledge that “all things are of God” can settle the weary heart and bring peace to the troubled mind. Regardless of the situations that we face, all things are out of God. Father is in control. Rest in that.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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