Entirely Free

Posted under The Rectory Bulletin | Westminster Confession of Faith

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. (Psalm 115:3)

The LORD of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand,” (Isaiah 14:24)

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it a curb on freedoms. At periods we have been locked down at home, and other times we can go out, but not to the shops or hairdressers which we once used to frequent. Last year church doors were locked, and we are still not permitted to sing our praises to God. All of these are enforced by the authorities, equipped with fines to issue. Grumpy we may be, but in the end we are not as free as we were a couple of years ago.

And then there are the limitations which creep up as the birthdays tick by, and the bloom of youth fades. Energy dissolves into aches, and once easy movements are accompanied with grunts and sighs. Our freedom is not restricted by any external authority, but simply the slow decline of the body. Also, if we are honest, our choices are often undermined by our own weakness. I may choose not to eat chocolate for a week, but the bin full of wrappers testifies that my willpower is weak.

Outside forces, bodily limitation and a weak willpower. Are we really free at all?!

Unlike us, God’s freedom is not limited in any way. He is not subject to anyone else’s rules and regulations, not does he change or age. He is all-knowing and all-powerful, and so his will cannot be defeated by another. He is entirely free, whereas our freedom is limited. What he decides, comes to pass - whatever we might say to the contrary. God’s will is deep and unlimited, and for that we should be thankful. He cannot be defeated

Holy, Holy, Holy

And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3) - And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8) - One of the great themes of the Bible is: God is holy, and we are not. When Moses approaches the burning bush, he has to remove his shoes since he is on holy ground. He is to come no closer. When the law is given on the mountaintop, the Israelites are warned not even to touch the mountain.

The Most Absolute God

I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me (Isaiah 45:5) - “Besides me there is no God”. In a world which is skeptical about absolute truth, here is one absolute which we cannot avoid. We may not be aware of the existence of God, or reject his existence outright, but neither of these things affect the fact that he does exist. Absolute truths might be rejected, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. It just means you don’t like them.

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