It is when we come to the point of understanding why and when the human race came into being, and what both the divine and diabolical objectives are for the Church Age dispensation in which we are presently living, we can develop a clearer view and understanding of all what God cannot or will not do.
Most of have no problem comprehending what God does through His direct will when it reflects what we perceive to be the more positive attributes (e.g., love, mercy) of His character and nature, but many of us develop issues over what God allows to take place through His permissive will.
Perhaps the most challenging of all is to accept some of the things that He will choose not to prevent, as opposed to the things that He cannot do, in light of having full knowledge of knowing how the events that He allows to take place are going to impact the lives of those effected.
There is not one thing of even a microscopic proportion that takes place without having first passed through the filters of God’s direct, permissive, or over ruling will. When things go our way, we seldom give any conscious thought as to what degree the will of God played in the unfolding of such events, but as soon as things go array or fail to turn out as we anticipated, God is often the first One we blame. After all, we rationalize, if He is God, His omniscience and omnipotence could have caused a different outcome.
Among the things that God will not do, are the things that He could do, but chooses not to do, but always with a divine objective in mind. Among these objectives is to reveal to the individuals involved areas of strength and areas of weakness in the soul structure that they are (or should be) building that enable them to identify and execute their post salvation spiritual life that glorifies God (Matthew 7: 24-27); open and close doors of opportunity that divinely direct the course of one’s life; impose divine discipline (Hebrews 12:6); bring about the Earthly departure of one or more souls at their appointed time (Hebrews 9:27) and inevitably to bring about the events that God has decreed to take place during the course of our
individual lives and the human race, as a whole.
What God chooses not to do can be among the greatest challenges to an advancing disciple, especially when such matters were a part of one’s prayer life and there is no logical explanation for “why” God chose not to answer our prayers in the manner that we sought.
All prayer is immediately answered with a “Yes”, “No”, or “Not right now” response.It’s not that God was not listening to our prayer, but that we weren’t listening or observing His answers.
Being hit on the blind side by something that God allows when we thought our backs were being covered can generate the age old “Why” questions that a wounded soul will entertain and the devil will promote.
Unlike we, who have the benefit of Written Word of God (Matt. 7: 24-27) that gives clear warning and how to prepare for the day(s) of adversity, God did not give Job any “heads up” prior to these coming disasters.
Job was not perfect (Romans 3:23), but is described in Scripture as one who was, “…blameless, upright, fearing God, and turning away from evil (Job 1:1)…”, and therefore had no reason to live in fear of any severe divine discipline (Hebrews 12:6) coming against him.
After receiving the green light of God’s permissive will (Job 1:12), the devil hit Job with a series of closely-related chronological events that would test the faith of anyone. These events resulted in the death of his seven sons and three daughters, loss of his earthly wealth, and the destruction of his good health.
Mature disciples do NOT ask, “Why?”, but will learn to ask God what was/is the divine objective behind what He has sent or allowed to take place. In the eyes of divine viewpoint, there are NO bad days or bad events, just ones that require more faith and trust to accept.
In the case of Job, AND in the case of ALL human souls, God created him and us in the midst of, and to engage in, the combat of the spiritual realm that began long before the creation of Man. Glorifying God in the midst of this ongoing conflict is the purpose that God created Man and every soul within it.
Within the parameters that the direct will of God has decreed, is the realm in which the devil and his Ephesians 6: 12 forces are allowed to function
until the appointed time comes for this conflict to come to its end.
Understanding this conflict and the “free will” to make choices that God gave to both angelic and human beings alike, explains much of what God cannot or will not do with much that takes place within the human environment.
God did not create Man to be in conflict with Him or with each other (Eph. 6: 12), but to engage in spiritual warfare with the power (John 15:5) and the weaponry (Eph. 6: 14-17) that He provides.
In order to do this, Man like the angels before them, had to be given a free will and the opportunity to make choices, with real blessings or consequences resulting from the decisions made, that would either glorify God the things of God, or the devil and the evil that he promotes.
Without real choices with real results, the spiritual warfare into which Man was placed would be a farce, and that we may just as well, "eat drink and be merry (Luke 12: 19)" and "party on" for tomorrow we die and that is the end of everything. The Bible (1Cor. 15: 19) itself concedes that if what Christianity has to offer merely consists of what we will experience here on Earth, then believers we truly to pitied . But on the other hand, if the Bible is the Word of God (as I believe and promote it to be), then we are the wisest of all by paying close attention and making application of all that it has to say about life here on Earth and Eternity!
The resulting evil and the consequences that the exercising of free will generates explains much of what God cannot or will not do
throughout the course of human history.
Only when necessary to fulfill the plan that God has decreed for the human race, does God exercise His over-ruling will by directly intervening
(Genesis 6/John 3:16/Matthew 24:22) with the self-destructive course that ii inherent with the fallen nature in Man.
But even under these extreme circumstances, He still does NOT violate the free will that He gave to Man, evidenced by all the evil that takes place, here in the devil’s world (Luke 4:6).
In summary, God cannot do ANYTHING that would be inconsistent with His own character and nature (Habakkuk 1: 13), as revealed in the totality His combined attributes, nor will He do anything in the individual life or with the human race as a whole, that would not serve the divine purposes of manifested through His direct, permissive, or over ruling will.
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