Text: “Now unto the King Eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
1 Timothy 1:17.
Good morning, Sure and steadfast Christian! In the depths of your soul and mine, even in the face of grave and sore troubles and bitter struggles - against the world, our own weak flesh, and the Devil - down deep within our souls, we are sure and steadfast, yes, Eternally sure and steadfast, in Christ Jesus and His full Victory at Calvary’s Cross! Hallelujah! We are secured Eternally, by our wise, sure and steadfast Lord God. Give praise to His Holy and Almighty Name! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord God!
Verse 9. “For He spake, and it was done. “And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3) No waiting time with our Lord God, no ifs or buts, or maybes. He speaks, and all His Creation obeys. Our God is an Almighty Lord God.
“In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
“In the beginning was the Word (Christ Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)
Our Lord God has no beginning or end - He is all-sufficient and Eternal Lord God. He is all wise; ever sure; and completely Rock steadfast. Truly awesome!
Verse 9. “He commanded, and it stood fast. Happy is the man who has learned to lean his all upon the sure Word of Him Who built the skies!” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 163)
So many nations and peoples today, in this increasingly apostate 21st Century, put their trust in armaments; in economic advantages; in the strength of the Pound or the Dollar; and in the ‘counsel’ and understanding of science and mere sinful men. That is why our world is currently plagued by wars, and terrorist activities, men doing what is right in their own eyes; as the most powerful and greedy grab all that they can from each other. Oh that nations would turn to the Living Lord God for His wisdom and counsel.
Verse 10. “The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to naught. The more the Pharisees of old and their successors, the prelates of later years, opposed the truth, the more it prevailed. The Reformation in Germany was much furthered by the Papist’s opposition; yea, when two kings (amongst many others), wrote against Luther, namely Henry V111 of England and Ludovicus of Hungary, this kingly title being entered into the controversy (making men more curious to examine the matter), stirred up a general inclination towards Luther’s opinions.” (Richard Younge’s Christian Library 1655)
Verse 10. The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought. “While his own will is done, he takes care to anticipate the wilfulness of his enemies. Before they come to action he vanquishes them in the council chamber; and when, well armed with craft, they march to the assault, he frustrates their knaveries, and makes their promising plots to end in nothing. Not only the folly of the heathen, but their wisdom too, shall yield to the power of the cross of Jesus: what a comfort is this to those who have to labour where sophistry, and philosophy, falsely so called, are set in opposition to the truth as it is in Jesus.” (C.H. Spurgeon 1834-1892)
Verse 10. “He maketh the devices of the people of none effect. Their persecutions, slanders, falsehoods, are like puff-balls flung against a granite wall - they produce no result at all; for the Lord overrules the evil, and brings good out of it. The cause of God is never in danger: infernal craft is outwitted by Infinite wisdom, and Satanic malice held in check by boundless power.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 163)
Because the Lord intervenes in this manner in all situations, ‘His people’; all of us who are born again of Him, are constantly protected against evil oppositions - temporal and spiritual enemies! The Lord makes ‘…ALL things to work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) (Matthew 1:21) Hallelujah! Now, this is something to get excited about, brethren!
Graven on the palms of Christ’s hands, He can never forget us; and at all times, our defence walls are upheld by Him. We who are truly saved, are truly and Eternally secure in Christ Jesus.
“Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold (look!), I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands (nail-prints); thy walls (defences) are continually before Me.” (Isaiah 49:15-16)
Verse 11. “The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations. The wheels of a watch or a clock move contrary one to another, some one way, some another, yet all serve the intent of the workman, to show the time, or to make the clock strike. So in the world, the providence of God may seem to run cross to His promises; one man takes this way, another runs that way; good men go one way, wicked men another, yet all in conclusion accomplish the will, and centre in the purpose of God, the Great Creator of all things.” (Richard Sibbes 1577-1635)
Thought: Let us listen constantly to God’s wise counsel; open our Bibles daily to discover His will for each day of our lives. This is true Christian fellowship with God: We speak to Him in prayer, He speaks to us through His Word.