‘I will do all that I please’ (Isaiah 46:10)
The purposes of God cannot be frustrated. His holy mind can never be disappointed. His will is law. His counsel must stand. He is in one mind, and no one can turn Him. He takes pleasure in those that fear Him and in those that hope in His mercy.
He chose them for salvation in Jesus, according to the good pleasure of His will. He works in us to will, and to do of His good pleasure. He will fulfil in us all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power.
He is PLEASED to save His people with an everlasting salvation. He is PLEASED with our obedience to His commands. It is our Father’s good pleasure that gives us the kingdom. He accomplishes the purposes of His will by angels – they are His ministers, which do His pleasure; by people, good and bad; by devils; by Jesus Christ; the pleasure of the Lord prospers in His hand.
For His pleasure all things are and were created; and He works all things after the counsel of His own will. Let us seek to be like-minded with our God; let us acquiesce in all that pleases Him, and let us take pleasure in glorifying Him.
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
His power and wisdom will fulfil
The utmost counsel of His will.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘I have really a multitude of mercies, but I often find that one trial embitters them all. But I seldom have but one trial, for they generally come in troops. Still mercy sweetens trials, and together they work for my good.
I am surrounded by a great many young people, very hopeful characters; this encourages me, and I continue to plead with God for many of them by name; and I preach to them monthly. O to have many of them given unto me as my joy, and crown of rejoicing in the day of the Lord!’