Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 12, 2019

“I have planned it, surely I will do it.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 21:27-40.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“When the seven days were almost over, the Jews from Asia, upon seeing him in the temple, began to stir up all the crowd and laid hands on him, crying out, “Men of Israel, come to our aid!  This is the man who preaches to all men everywhere against our people and the Law and this place;  and besides he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”  For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with him, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple.  Then all the city was provoked, and the people rushed together, and taking hold of Paul they dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut.  While they were seeking to kill him, a report came up to the commander of the Roman cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.  At once he took along some soldiers and centurions and ran down to them;  and when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.  …

But Paul said, “I am a Jew of Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city;  and I beg you, allow me to speak to the people.”  When he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the stairs, motioned to the people with his hand;  and when there was a great hush, he spoke to them in the Hebrew dialect, saying,”  Acts 21:27-32 and 39-40.


God provided a crowd for Paul.  God provided protection for Paul.  God provided permission for Paul to speak.  God provided “a great hush” for Paul to speak to the crowd.

Other doctrine is anxious and fearful, focused on man being provoked.

But, Reformed Doctrine is patient and peaceful, focused on God’s providence.

Q. 27.  What dost thou mean by the providence of God?

A.  The almighty and everywhere present power of God, whereby, as it were by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures;  so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by His fatherly hand.

Q. 28.  What advantage is it to us to know that God has created, and by His providence doth still uphold all things?

A.  That we may be patient in adversity;  thankful in prosperity;  and that in all things which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from His love;  since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.  Heidlberg Catechism.

“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he (Paul) is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;”  Acts 9:15.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:9-11.


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