Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 7, 2016

“Who could say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 9.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“Then Job answered,

2 “In truth I know that this is so;
But how can a man be in the right before God?
3 “If one wished to dispute with Him,
He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
4 “Wise in heart and mighty in strength,
Who has defied Him without harm?
5 “It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how,
When He overturns them in His anger;
6 Who shakes the earth out of its place,
And its pillars tremble;
7 Who commands the sun not to shine,
And sets a seal upon the stars;
8 Who alone stretches out the heavens
And tramples down the waves of the sea;
9 Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades,
And the chambers of the south;
10 Who does great things, unfathomable,
And wondrous works without number.
11 “Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him;
Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.
12 “Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him?
Who could say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’  Job 9:1-12.


Yet, other doctrine tries to question God all the time:  “Man has free will!  What are you doing, God?”

But, Reformed Doctrine refutes such alleged free-will of man.

“But our God is in the heavens;
He does whatever He pleases.”  Psalm 115:3.

“Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker—
An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth!
Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’

…”  Isaiah 45:9.

Reformed Doctrine teaches “Unconditional Election” that God elects those whom He will save, not based on any condition supplied by man such as man’s works or man’s will to be saved, “…  so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,”  Romans 9:11.

“For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.  For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault?  For who resists His will?”  On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God?  The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?  Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?”  Romans 9:15-21.

And, it also makes logical sense.  Because man’s natural condition is “Total Depravity”, man can not supply any condition that would motivate God to save him.

“10 as it is written,

“There is none righteous, not even one;
11 There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,
17 And the path of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”  Romans 3:10-18.

Simply put, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,”  Ephesians 2:1.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

Thank God for this, His “Irresistible Grace”! 

Thank God for His sovereignty!

There are those who deny these Five Points of Calvinism.

There are also those who ignore or belittle these Five Points of Calvinism.

They are also those who may not directly confront God’s sovereignty, but they will pass by these points by stating, in the language of today’s Scripture and title for this devotion, that God is doing a lot more. 

But, there are those who delight to sit at the foot of the cross, so to speak, and study and treasure and diligently teach “Limited Atonement” and these other Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.


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