God's Sovereignty

  1. God in his sovereignty may choose to do whatever he wills.  What he can do far exceeds anything we can dream or imagine, much less ask for.  God's sovereignty means our prayers can be answered far beyond even what we ask for. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 3:20 - pg. 132.
  2. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces (Isaiah 25:7-8)
  3. Isaiah is implying that one God, acting in one way, is able to accomplish two things at once. When God turns his hand against us, it isn’t a disaster; it’s an act of restoration. The discipline of God achieves just what he intends, in purification and in restoration, both at the same time. We can expect the goodness of God to show up in unlikely experiences. When he turns his hand against us to purify us, let’s trust him to restore us. - From location 690 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  4. God is too loving to be unkind, too good to do anything wrong, too wise to make any mistakes, too great to be petty, spiteful, small, or mean; above all, too powerful to be thwarted. God is God. He is a God who rules, and because He rules He does wonders in the world. He is also a God who redeems, and because He redeems there is no reason at all to fear or doubt Him. - Psalm 77:13b-15) - from John Philips Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by John Phillips, Kregal Publisher..
  5. God is saying, “Every moment of your life matters to me. Your choices have lasting repercussions. That’s why I am confronting you with the truth.” - From location 724 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  6. The gospel says, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Rather than assume that our Christianity is what God had in mind when he started this movement, let’s think about what he’s saying here. He is calling us to courageous change, to welcome the progress of his grace. - From location 1127 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  7. God is just.  That God is just can be a consolation, encouragement or warning.  God is the measure of his justice.  God is unchanging, uncompromising, impartial, and righteous.  We can be certain that God's judgements are fair, above appeal, without dispute.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7  pg. 91. 
  8. Human beings in all their wisdom and genius have created nothing to compare with the least of God's creations. His power, might, and majesty humble us and help us to remember that He alone is God. - From the May 20, 2015 devotion reading from Wisdom of the Psalms by Dan R. Dick 
  9. God, man or the devil: these are the three possible sources of hope.  The strategy of the invisible warfare has been planned by God in order that these questions shall be answered, once and for all, in the presence of all created beings whether human, celestial of infernal.  Human history is the record of the attempts of man and Satan to do something for man.  When asked why an omnipotent God permits the holocaust of human history, the answer from the Word of God must be that He permits it in order to demonstrate to the universe that neither Satan nor man can do anything for themselves or for each other.  If it were otherwise, these two forces, which are at enmity with each other and both against God as their common enemy, could say either separately or together: “We have done it.  We have succeeded in organizing ourselves and are no longer dependent upon God.We have demonstrated our capacity and ability.  We have established a kingdom, and we do not need the plans of God for His kingdom of heaven over earth…” There is a third possibility which is most certainly the expression of Biblical thought.  It is that God both cares and has the power, but that He is planning something which demands the coming chaos of man’s world in order to demonstrate to all that help is to be found in Himself alone.  God knows that the world is in terrible condition.  God has the power to alter it, but will not do so today because of His greater purpose.  God cares tremendously.  This is evident in Calvary. But He knows that His care can be manifest today only to the select company of individuals who have accepted the principals that rise from His eternal decrees.  These admit the principal of their own spiritual bankruptcy and have turned utterly to the Lord Jesus Chris as God’s  one and only answer to the problem.  There is a sense, therefore, in which God does not exercise any care over the rebels who people this world.  Something of this is seen in the prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ: “I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine”  (John 17:9)…. This is why the worldlings, seeing the disasters of human suffering, draw the conclusion that God is not caring for His creation.  they do not understand God; they do not understand the difference between the creatures who refuse the Lordship of God and those who have bowed to it in Christ and have thus become the children of God.
    In short, they do not recognize that there is a war on, and that God neither will nor can yield.  There must be the unconditional surrender to Him of His universe.  He is Lord of all strategy, an, when in His Judgments certain lessons have been made obvious to the dullness of the fallen creation, He will move to end the present phase of the struggle and bring in the righteousness which shall, most certainly, come to the creation in the moment God has chosen for it.  Meanwhile, the war goes on, and it is fought entirely under a set of rules which has been drawn up by God and which He is able to enforce, even now, upon the reluctant enemies in the armies of Satan and in the camp of humanity. - from pages 94 & 95 of the book Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  10. Paul stated the nature of Christ's judgement.  There will be no deliberations, no appeals, no lessening of the sentence, no possibilities for parole.  Judgement will be final and irrevocable.  The punishment will be everlasting destruction.   Those who have rejected Christ - and so become enemies of God - will receive a punishment commensurate with such a high crime.  As the author of Hebrews wrote, "it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Heb. 10:31).  This is not annihilation or extinction.  These people are sentenced to eternal punishment and separation from God, the source of life.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 1:9  pg. 92. 
  11. “[God’s mighty power] Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church” (Ep. 1:20-22).
  12. Genesis also contains the first teaching in the Bible of the sovereign election of God in salvation. When Adam and Eve sinned, they did not come to God. They hid from him. He took the initiative in seeking them out and in beginning to teach the means of salvation through the death of the Mediator. It was the same with Abraham. Abraham did not seek God. He did not even know who the true God was. But God called Abraham and made him the father of a favored nation through whom the Redeemer should come. God chose Isaac and not Ishmael. He chose Jacob and not Esau. In the New Testament Paul uses these examples to show that salvation does not “depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. … God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden” (Rom. 9:16, 18). - From the commentary on Genesis 1:1 from the Boice Expositional Commentary (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  13. Wisdom considers the works of God: No one can understand His ways, yet we must yield to God’s will (Eccles 7: 13).  Wisdom helps us accept God’s providential decisions and direction. Remember what Solomon said previously: it is pointless to strive with One who is stronger than we are (6:10). Arguing with God is a sheer waste of our time and efforts. The more we dispute with God, the less we will understand. Wisdom helps us accept and acknowledge that God knows what is best. We cannot straighten out all the immoral, lawless, and violent behavior on earth nor all the terrible consequences of such sinful behavior. We cannot straighten out all the natural disasters on earth—all that God has either allowed or ordained. We cannot straighten out what God has made crooked. And as stated, we cannot change what God has ordained. Wisdom reminds us that God is working all things together for our good (Ro. 8:28). When we cannot grasp what He is doing or why, we can rest in the knowledge that we can trust His heart. - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 7:13 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  14. These people who have rejected God while in this life on earth will be shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.  This, then, is hell.  As physical beings, we tend to think of the punishment of hell as excruciating pain, the damned dancing and writhing in flames.  But the greatest pain is spiritual, as evidenced by Christ's own cry of agony from the cross, not at the nails or spear, but at his being forsaken by God the Father.  Paul's description of eternal punishment is in keeping with Jesus' experience.  Paul sketches the punishment of hell in terms of separation from God.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 1:9  pg. 92. 
  15. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Ph. 2:9-10).
  16. Justice cannot be  known without the nature of God,as His essence determines the term itself and our understanding of it.  True justice requires impartiality and rightness.  These virtues exist because they reside perfectly in God.   They reside perfectly in God because he determines the standard.  God cannot act contrary to himself; he cannot act unjustly.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 1  VI. Deeper Discoveries A. God is Just (v. 10) pg. 98. 
  17. God is sovereign over all life-everyone, the false teacher and the true, the powerful and the slave.  All these exist by God's mercy and life-giving power.  We are cared for by his strength and goodness.  This should bring comfort as well as gratitude. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:12  pg. 247.
  18. Isaiah has delivered a message of judgment on all nations, including Israel and Judah, for rejecting God. Although there have been glimpses of relief and restoration for the remnant of faithful believers, the climate of wrath, fury, judgment, and destruction has prevailed. Now Isaiah breaks through with a vision of beauty and encouragement. God is just as thorough in his mercy as he is severe in his judgment. God’s complete moral perfection is revealed by his hatred of all sin, and this leads to judgment. This same moral perfection is revealed in his love for all he has created. This leads to mercy for those who have sinned but who have sincerely loved Jesus and put their trust in him. - From the reading from Isaiah 35:1ff from the Life Application Study Bible NIV Study Bible Notes by Tyndale House Publishers
  19. Hypocrisy incurs the judgement of God.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 2,  pg. 89. 
  20. One of the great underlying truths of Ecclesiastes is the sovereignty of God. Though we cannot always see God at work in the world, God has everything under control. The wise will recognize that we can never fully understand injustices and all the unfairness in our world. Nevertheless, we should enjoy life in spite of all the evil and wrongs that surround us. And we should do right—live righteously—even if we are not rewarded for it in this life. In the end, God’s justice and righteousness will prevail. He does not miss anything, and He will ultimately reward us for trusting and obeying Him in the midst of much unfair and unjust behavior. We must believe the promises and trust the faithfulness of our sovereign Lord. - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 8:17 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  21. JUDGMENT  - The ultimacy of God is Isaiah’s point in 10:5-15. When we are beaten down by some Assyria or other, let’s remember it is only a tool in the hand of God. Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury! (v. 5) This is one of the most important passages in the Bible on the sovereignty of God. What is the sovereignty of God? It is his ultimacy as King of the universe. It is his glorious Throne, from which he rules all things in unfrustrated supremacy: “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3). Isaiah loved the sovereignty of God.  But the nation God used as the disciplinary rod in his hand was itself evil. The Assyrians have been called the Nazis of the ancient Near East. In fact, the problem is worse. Against a godless nation I send him [Assyria], and against the people of my wrath I command him. (v. 6).  - From location 1817 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners. by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  22. But God doesn’t respect a double standard. The sins he judges out in the world he also judges among his own people (cf. Romans 2:11; 1 Peter 4:17). Belonging to God does not protect us from discipline; it makes us all the more accountable to obey. If we refuse, we are, in practical terms, “godless.”  - From location 1829 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners. by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  23. God is able to use godless worldly powers to discipline his godless covenant people. Human oppressors don’t even have to be aware of God to be useful for his purifying purpose.  - From location 1831 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  24. But Isaiah can see two sovereignties at work in this world — the sovereignty of man and the greater sovereignty of God. And God’s domain is able to use man’s domain, whether man wants it that way or not. How can human power outflank a God like that? - From location 1841 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  25. Just because God deploys human ambition doesn’t mean he condones human arrogance. Being used by God does not exempt anyone from humility before God. The truth here is twofold. On the one hand, God is on the side of the victor. The ebb and flow of this messy thing called human history follow the will of God. It was God’s will in 722 B.C. that Assyria conquer Israel. It was God’s will on September 11, 2001, that Muslim fanatics attack America. Therefore, when we are defeated, God is not defeated. But on the other hand, God is not on the side of the victor. God judges opportunistic people and nations, even if he uses them for his own higher purpose. God is able to use evil without being compromised by it. He holds every useful villain accountable, and no one is getting away with anything, not even arrogant speech and boastful looks. - From location 1842 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  26. The hand of God’s judgment falls upon all who treat others unfairly, unjustly—whether politician, judge, attorney, military officer, or any other person in an official capacity. Every individual who oppresses others will face God’s judgment. Suppressing people or depriving the poor, weak, widows, or fatherless of true justice will not be tolerated by the Lord. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says:
    “Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Co. 6:8-10).
    “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Ga. 5:19-21).
    “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience” (Ep. 5:3-6).
    “Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates” (De. 24:14).
    “Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge” (De. 24:17).
    “He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons” (Jb. 13:10).
    “Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them” (Ps. 62:10).
    “He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor” (Pr. 14:31).
    “When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?” (Ecc. 5:11).
     
    - From the "d) Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 9:8 - 10:5 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  27. What the Bible keeps saying to us is that God will never accept human pride. Its folly is unsustainable. Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it, or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it? (Isaiah 10:15) God reasons with us, “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). - From location 1853 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  28. God is no cardboard cutout. He is a real person with real anger and real love. He has wonderful things he wants to talk to us about. His grace can recover everything we have failed to be. But he will not negotiate with our self-exaltation. As we struggle against him, “Our relationship with God is a dramatic engagement, something like a bout of fencing, with its succession of offensives, retreats, feints and rallies.”11 God may walk up to you at some point and punch you right in the nose and knock you flat. And as you are sitting there on the ground wondering, “What was that all about?” he might kick you in the teeth. Think of Job. But why? Why does God blindside us at times? Because the only way we’ll listen is the hard way. He would rather lead us gently beside still waters. But he will not settle for a polite religious unreality with us. I asked the Lord that I might grow in faith and love and every grace, Might more of his salvation know and seek more earnestly his face. Twas he who taught me thus to pray and he, I trust, has answered prayer; but it has been in such a way as almost drove me to despair. I hoped that in some favored hour at once he’d answer my request, And by his love’s constraining power subdue my sins and give me rest. Instead of this he made me feel the hidden evils of my heart, And let the angry powers of hell assault my soul in every part. Yea more, with his own hand he seemed intent to aggravate my woe, Crossed all the fair designs I schemed, blasted my gourds, and laid me low. Lord, why is this, I trembling cried, wilt thou pursue thy worm to death? Tis in this way, the Lord replied, I answer prayer for grace and faith. These inward trials I employ from self and pride to set thee free, And break thy schemes of earthly joy, that thou mayest seek thy all in me.12 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (1 Peter 5:6).  - From location 1857 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  29. [Jesus Christ] Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him” (1 Pe. 3:22).
  30. Many people today do not like the idea of wrath. But like it or not, Scripture teaches that it is a necessary aspect of God’s nature in relation to sin. The Old Testament alone has nearly six hundred important passages concerning God’s wrath. His wrath is directed against injustice, corruption, and offenses against his own glory and majesty. The New Testament has equally important passages. Romans 1, for example, speaks of God’s wrath revealed “against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness” (v.18). Other passages speak boldly of “the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10; 2:16; cf. 5:9; Rom. 2:5). The teaching of these passages is that God will not and cannot look with indifference upon the unrighteous. - From commentary on John 19:30 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  31. The Lord may use other people to discipline us, just as He used Assyria to discipline Israel and Judah. Even evil men may be used by God to stir our hearts, to turn us away from sin and false worship, to bring us to repentance, and to turn us back to God. God loves His people; therefore when we sin, He will use anything and everything He can to help us turn our lives around. He knows that if we continue in sin we will damage our bodies and relationships. Our sins often wreck our own families and even destroy the lives of other people. Yet because of His love, God seeks to correct us even as a father corrects his child. Thus when we are disciplined by God, we must always know that God disciplines us only in love. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says:“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit” (Jn. 15:2). 
    “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Re. 3:19).
    “Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee” (De. 8:5).
    “Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law” (Ps. 94:12).
    “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth” (Pr. 3:11-12).
    “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing” (Je. 10:23-24).
    From the " Thought 2” reading about Isaiah 10:20-34 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  32. To his glory, God will not put up with that humiliation. He wants you to know what it means to lean on him “in truth” — a practical faith in him alone — because that is your salvation. When he rips from your arms some false trust that has struck you a thousand times, and a thousand times you’ve gone back to it in servile compliance, and you’re ready to go back again —when God tears it away, do you see what he is doing? His grace is setting you apart as one of his remnant, dear to his heart.  - From location 1938 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  33. A day is coming when God will stop the whole Blitzkrieg of history dead in its tracks. And not just because God will police world politics. He will go down to the root of it all. Every injustice, every broken treaty, every national rape — it all stems from the boast, “I will force the world into a shape more to my liking, no matter what the cost to you.” Hitler rationalized it as Lebensraum. Ego can always find some plausible excuse for imperialistic overreaching. But behind the highfalutin justifications, God sees human pride as the barrier to the world as it should be. That is why Christ came in humility, shaming our savagery. And at his second coming, the Majestic One will stand forth with his glory in full display, renewing the world as a kingdom of peace.  - From location 1970 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  34. It is Isaiah’s vision of God’s final justice that moderates our anger and frustration right now. God has scheduled on the human calendar a day of final intervention when he will repay all the dirty deals and broken promises and backstabbings of history with a justice clear enough to satisfy no one less than himself. We long for a true and final justice from beyond ourselves. Human justice is often inadequate. - From location 2198 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  35. The Scripture adds that in all this trouble Job sinned not, nor did he charge God with injustice.  Here faith is triumphant.  Job had no thought of any personal proprietary rights either in his children or his possessions.  He recognized that everything he possessed in his life was a trust from God.  The Lord who had given to him had a right to take from him if He so desired. God is the only beginning in the universe who knows the end from the beginning, and His perspective is that of perfection.  Job believed this and so he was able to worship God. - from pages 147 & 148  from the book Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  36. Isaiah 13:1-27:13 - In these prophecies, one nation after another received scathing rebukes for their rebellion against God and their sinful lifestyles. Instead of trusting in the Lord, people placed their trust in the military power and economies of nations. But in the day of judgment, these worldly securities will be useless. Rebellion against God and sinful behavior will bring terrible judgment upon nations and individuals.
    But within the prophecies of certain judgment preached by Isaiah, the main theme of God’s message comes shining through: the Lord saves. Hope for salvation is found in repentance and in turning to God. The Lord will defeat all enemies who oppose Him and His people. He will establish His kingdom on earth. Furthermore, His kingdom will usher in a world of peace and protection for His people. The day is coming soon when God will nurture and shelter His people, arousing the whole world to establish a right relationship with Him. That day will be when Jesus Christ returns to set up His kingdom on earth. All who are willing to turn to the Lord to worship Him alone will escape the coming wrath. From the “ Divis ion Overview” reading about Isaiah 13:1-27:13 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  37. Hebrews 12:4 - God uses discipline to produce holiness in his people.  Our sufferings have by no means reached the severity of those that Jesus endured.  No matter what degree of suffering as a result of God's discipline that we might endure, we need to remain steadfast in our commitment to God, with our focus on Jesus' suffering as our example of how to remain focused on the end game, our salvation. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 12, A. Encouragement from Jesus' Example (vv. 1 -1 11), Supporting Idea, 2. God's Discipline for His Children (vv. 4 - 11), at location 5288.
  38. Hebrews 12:5-6 - "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.  For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives."  We are not to lose heart in the face of God's rebuke.  We should not see trials as cause for discouragement, but as a sign of God's determined love.  We must reflect on the long-term benefits of our trials and recognize that discipline represents God's method of developing our maturity.  We must respond to afflictions by searching out faults or failures that hinder our spiritual growth.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 12, A. Encouragement from Jesus' Example (vv. 1 -1 11), Supporting Idea, 2. God's Discipline for His Children (vv. 4 - 11), at location 5288.
  39. God will judge us with total knowledge: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2507.
  40. Because his knowledge is total, his judgment is comprehensive and detailed: “Men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken” (Matthew 12:36).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2508.
  41. His judgment extends to what is hidden to others: “God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). He even knows the motives of men’s hearts and judges us in that light (1 Corinthians 4:5).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2510.
  42. Proverbs 3:12 - Instead of resenting God's rebuke, we are to be like the son who delights in it. Always remember that you are under the Father's discipline. So do not resent it, but hang onto his rebuking hand and pour out your soul into his heart. Kiss the rod. Acknowledge that it is humbling but also enriching. Expect a richer grace from sustaining strength than from the affliction being removed. The Lord's discipline is like that in a family, not in a school, let alone in a prison. The Lord corrects his children and does not treat them as criminals. "I love the rod of my heavenly Father," exclaimed the saintly Fletcher. "How gentle are the stripes I feel. How heavy those I deserve." As Bishop Hall once prayed, "O God, I have made an ill use of your mercies if I have not learned to be content with your discipline." Never is Christ more precious to us than in the middle of discipline. - Proverbs, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, Charles Bridges.
  43. I will not despise the discipline of the Lord nor resent His correction; for the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in. (Proverbs 3:11-12)
  44. What a picture of God’s innermost being! Even in judgment, the Lord’s heart flows out in love and compassion for the doomed. When He executes judgment, He does not lose control of His emotions and act out of anger. He exercises His judgments with perfect justice, so that all people receive exactly what they deserve. On earth we often suffer for things we have not done, but divine justice never makes a mistake. God will never declare us guilty of an offense we have not committed.
    God’s judgment is executed not only in justice, but also in love and compassion. His heart flows out to us when He is correcting us. Every chastisement, every discipline is meant to correct us and turn us back to Him. No matter what the judgment or discipline may be, God’s motive is to correct His people in love. Even in the terrifying judgment of the end times, the heart of God will be full of love and compassion for the doomed. His greatest desire will always be that the lost will choose to love and worship Him. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says about His love, mercy, and compassion:
    “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd” (Mt. 9:36).
    “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick” (Mt. 14:14).
    “Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way” (Mt. 15:32).
    “So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him” (Mt. 20:34). 
      From the “ Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 15:5 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  45. The One who loves us perfectly is in full control, working everything out according to His good purpose. Knowing this should fill us with hope, even in the midst of crisis situations. The Lord even promises to turn disaster to good for those who “are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). - from Charles Stanley July 16, 2014 “In Touch” Daily Devotional.
  46. God does not discipline us to subdue us but to condition us for a life of usefulness and blessedness.  In His wisdom, He knows that an uncontrolled life is an unhappy life, so He puts reins on our wayward souls that they may be directed into the paths of righteousness.  - Excerpt from page 115 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney. 
  47. If we forget God, we will also feel His hand of judgment. The person who forgets God naturally turns his back upon Him and walks through life seldom, if ever, thinking about Him. The Lord will never tolerate the haughtiness and pride that prompt people to dismiss Him, to consign Him to oblivion, to a meaningless position of unimportance or 1. Above all beings in the universe, the Lord is anything but meaningless. He is supreme, the great Creator and Sustainer of all that is, the majestic Lord who rules and reigns over all. Every good and perfect gift on this earth has come from the hand of the Lord God Himself (Ja. 1:17). For this reason, there is no possibility that He will ever allow a person to dismiss Him. If a person forgets God and walks throughout life with his back to God, then he will continue to walk right on through eternity with his back to God. The person will be alienated from God eternally because he never turned around and faced God, never humbled himself and acknowledged God as the Lord of the universe. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says about forgetting Him:
    “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn. 3:36).
    “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (Jn. 8:24).
    “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him” (He. 2:1-3). 
    - From the “ Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 17:1-14 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  48. God pronounces a strong warning—a woe—to those who deal treacherously with other people and nations, who are violent and who betray God’s people. God’s judgment is sure to fall on all who commit acts of cruelty and brutality, assaulting and attacking others. His judgment will fall also on all who betray His people. This is the clear teaching of this Scripture:
    a. The pronouncement of God’s Word is unquestionable. Destroyers and betrayers will reap exactly what they sow: they will be destroyed and betrayed. Who is the particular adversary to whom this woe is directed? Assyria. But keep in mind that Assyria represents all the evil, cruel nations and peoples of the earth. So the warning is directed equally to all who commit acts of violence and betrayal. - From the reading about Isaiah 33:1 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  49. Righteous believers should pray because of the Lord’s power (v. 3). As the Lord God of the universe, He has the power to scatter any army who opposes Him or His people. All He has to do is speak, and the thunder of His voice will cause the enemy to flee for their lives. God’s omnipotent power is far greater than the power of any man or nation. No matter how powerful a nation’s military may be, the Lord can plunder, or strip it of its power as quickly as a swarm of locusts can strip a nation’s crops. And that was exactly what happened to the Assyrian army when it besieged Jerusalem. The Lord Himself struck them. Thousands of them died; the rest retreated in panic and returned home. As the soldiers fled in terror from the hand of God’s judgment, they abandoned all the wealth they had plundered. As a result, the surviving Jews swarmed down upon the Assyrian camp and recovered the wealth for themselves. - From the reading about Isaiah 33:3 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  50. God’s judgment is to teach a lesson (vv. 13-14), one that all people—both far and near—must heed. Throughout history the Lord’s judgment has fallen upon the Assyrians, the Jews, and other nations of the world for a very specific purpose: so they would acknowledge His power. The Lord is the Creator and Sovereign of the universe; therefore, all must acknowledge Him as the Lord God, the only living and true God. Even the sinners in Zion—the hypocrites who profess the Lord but live wickedly—must tremble in fear before Him. The Lord is a consuming fire (Is. 10:17; He. 12:29); no person can stand in the presence of His blazing holiness. Therefore, God’s presence and His coming judgment should terrify all hypocrites. - From the reading about Isaiah 33:13-14 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide