…or better stated, “The Hopefulness of Trusting in a Sovereign God.” I’m starting a new thread with this because that other thread has produced considerably more heat than light. Most of the arguments there against biblical Calvinism (not hyper-calvinism) would stand if we did not have a God who is just, holy, altogether righteous, glorious, loving, perfect in every way, infinite, pure, incomprehensible, almighty, free to order all things after the counsel of His will, most wise, patient, eternal, all knowing, merciful, abundant in goodness and truth, gracious, absolute, all sufficient, omnipotent, and the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. View our objections in light of these attributes, and even our limited understanding shows the puniness of these objections as we protest, “That’s not fair.” My advice to those who would object to what God has clearly stated is this; take your eyes for a moment off yourself, and look for a moment to the Author and Finisher of our faith. To continue to object based on our fallen understanding is, to quote one old Puritan, to be” better skilled in tying knots, than in unloosing any.” All these assume the sovereignty of God over all His creation and the will of His creatures: · We can hope because God sovereignly determines the circumstances of our lives · We can hope in that no plan of God can ever be thwarted · We can hope that no one or nothing can harm us apart from God’s will · We can hope that God sovereignly controls the forces of nature · We can hope that when disaster or tragedy comes that God is in control · We can hope that it is God working in us to effect salvation · We can hope that in our giving all the glory to God alone, we are not transgressing His disallowing of giving glory to any other (including ourselves or any person who may have “led” us to Christ) · We can hope in that while God knew us as sinners and reprobates, He saved us not on the basis of good in us, or anything that we did, but according to His grace and mercy · We can hope in knowing the certainty of fruitfulness of the gospel message · We can hope that God has appointed the means to accomplish His purpose · We can hope that when we proclaim salvation that God will save · We can hope because God is able to do what we cannot · We can hope in that God preserves us and keeps us from stumbling · We can hope that God calls all He predestined, justifies all He calls, and glorifies all that He justifies · We can hope that nothing can separate the elect of God from His love · We can hope that God may allow evil toward us, yet use it for good · We can hope that God will honor the preaching of His Word · We can hope that God can break the hardest of hearts and save the chief of sinners · We can hope that God will thwart our plans and efforts when they go contrary to His will · We can hope that God will prosper our plans and efforts when they are consistent with His will · We can hope that God can make even our enemies to be at peace with us · We can hope that God controls the hearts and intents of the most powerful people · We can hope when we give our money, time, and resources to the church and His work, since Christ stated that He would build His church, and the gates of hell would not prevail against it · We can hope when our best efforts seem futile and unproductive · We can hope that God will accomplish His sovereign will even when we make bad decisions and blunders · We can hope when we pray for the lost (non-calvinists cannot effectively pray for God to save someone without sacrificing that person’s will to choose. We can pray for God to save, apart from their will) · We can hope in our sufferings, that they are for our good and God’s glory · We can hope in the fact that God is not bothered by what non-calvinists see as contradictions in His scripture (ex. Philippians 2:12-13) (Though I haven’t quoted directly, most of the thought here came from the excellent book “Still Sovereign” by Thomas Schreiner and Bruce Ware, particularly the last three chapters, written by Jerry Bridges, Samuel Storms, and Edmund Clowney).