To Ponder:

Of all the doctrines of the Bible, none is so offensive to human nature as the doctrine of God’s sovereignty. Man can bear to be told that God is great, and just, and holy, and pure. But to be told that “He has mercy on whom He will have mercy”–that He “gives no account of His matters,” that it is “not of him who wills, nor of him who runs–but of God who shows mercy”–these are truths which natural man cannot stand. They often call forth all his enmity against God, and fill him with wrath. Nothing, in short, will make him submit to them–but the humbling teaching of the Holy Spirit. Let us settle it in our minds that, whether we like it or not–the sovereignty of God is a doctrine clearly revealed in the Bible, and a fact clearly to be seen in the world. Upon no other principle can we ever explain why some members of a family are converted–and others live and die in sin; why some quarters of the earth are enlightened by Christianity–and others remain buried in heathenism. One account alone can be given of all this. All is ordered by the sovereign hand of God! Let us pray for humility in respect of this deep teaching. Let us never doubt that at the last day the whole world shall be convinced, that He who now “gives no account of His matters” has done all things well! (J. C. Ryle)

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