God is Sovereign.
The chief end of God is to glorify God and enjoy himself forever.
The first chapter of his book explains this statement in great detail, titling the chapter as The Happiness of God: Foundation for Christian Hedonism. For me, I don’t think the word happy is a good word to use, but hey, I’m not the scholar here. This subject though, it’s one that does take a bit of time to completely understand (as Piper demonstrates through the life of Jonathan Edwards), but the verse I think explains it most claerly is:
I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me
declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.’
It may be hard to understand (once considerable thought has been put into it), but as Piper closes, it is a great blessing. The fact that we have a God who can’t be thwarted, one who we are safe with. Also it shows that whatever mistakes we make, God doesn’t think, “Darn, that messes up my plans for tonight…“- He’s sovereign!
This doctrine is most difficult to understand when there are tough times. I understand that most who read this don’t know what I even look like, let alone know me personally. But I would value prayer for my school Christian Union at this time. Being the leader of the group, it’s overwhelmingly disconcerting when no-one turns up to the meetings! I’ve learnt from close Christian friends of mine that I must understand that Christians have important things to do other than the Christian Union… but something smells fishy about this. I totally agree with them, that they can’t make it, but when it goes week in week out, changing the date to fit people’s itineries, with long nights preparing for the meetings, only for disappointment.
I know God’s telling me to keep on, but how and to whom. The most worrying thing is that I will be leaving the school in May, and unless God raises someone up soon, the CU will inevitably die. But, see, this is where I need to turn around and say to myself; “Dan, God is Sovereign – don’t you get it? God has a plan for that school, you have completed your time there and maybe prepared the way for something much greater, maybe not on a large scale, but in the hearts of those who have come in the past – all the unbelievers who “dropped by” one day. The seeds have been planted – let God carry on his work. You must trust in him”. (I too suffer from long monologues inside and sometimes outside of my head like that doctor from Scrubs…)
Remember – God is Sovereign.
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