HE HATH DONE ALL THINGS WELL Andy Hollifield 9-16-17
Mark 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf hear, and the dumb to speak.
John 19:4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
Psalms 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
That one phrase sums up Jesus’ entire ministry and also the way he has treated me since I accepted him as my savior. “He hath done all things well”. Pilate isn’t the only one that has tried Jesus. I am not talking about Caesar. I have tried him a few times in my life as I am sure most of you have. After all, the scripture in Psalms 34 said for us to try him. I like the way the Psalmist said it; he said “taste and see that the Lord is good”. It is an established fact that he is good but he wants us to try him and find it out for ourselves. I am just over 2 weeks away from my spiritual birthday. In the 44 years since that night, I have to admit that “the Lord is good” and “he hath done all things well”. In all of those years, I have not always been what I should have been and at times even been quite the opposite of what I should have been. He could have found fault in me many times, actually if I am honest, on a daily basis but like Pilate said earlier in John 18:38 “…I find no fault in him at all”.
As I mentioned, there have been a lot of times I have tried him. I have even at times been on the verge of falsely accusing him just as the mob did that day to Pilate. When circumstances and events in my life didn’t go just like maybe I thought they should, I have often tried to blame God and find fault with what he had done. I don’t suppose that I am that much different than anyone else. We all want things to go our way. Proverbs 14:12 and also 16:25 says “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”. There have been a lot of times in my life that I have found out the hard way that what I had thought was right, was the exact opposite of what I needed to have done. It was in a lot of those times when I tried to blame God when things turned out wrong. That is really what it is when we sulk up on God. When he doesn’t do something exactly like we think he ought to we are bad to pout at him. The word “sulk” means to be in an offended mood or ill-humored. That pretty much describes most of us to a “t” doesn’t it? I seem to use this verse a lot in my writing; 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”. Also another one that I have to lean on in those times is Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. God always has our best interest at heart and in the end we all have to admit “he hath done all things well”.
My wife and I have sung a song for years that is not exactly true at all times but is always true in the end. The name of it is “I’ve Never Been Disappointed In Him”. There have been a lot of times that I have been disappointed in how he has done things in my life. The fact is that I fail to remember that he sees everything at once and knows all things. Even though I may get disappointed at times, in the end I know according to Romans 8:28 that he is working everything for my good. Also according to 1 Thessalonians 5:18, he always does his will concerning me. I stand amazed at the folks that swell up with pride and say, “I just love everything that God does”. My first thought is “you have obviously not been through very much or you wouldn’t make such a claim”. I pity them when they get smacked in the face with reality and realize that they don’t like everything God does. Just to give an example, consider the death of a loved one. I know that caring for a sick loved one can be very difficult, but I have never heard anyone say, “I sure am glad that they’re gone.” I have heard folks say that with the sickness someone had , that God was being merciful by letting them pass on. What about the ones that aren’t sick or old and just die in an accident of some kind? I have been through the trauma of a miscarriage with my wife. The reason I say it like that is because if you have ever had the misfortune to have to face that, even though your wife has to face the physical part alone, there is a lot of emotional pain at the loss of a child even though it is unborn for both parents. No one can make me believe that they wouldn’t be disappointed with that. I certainly wasn’t happy about it at the time and I’m still not. God has taught me things through trials that I could not have learned any other way. You may think that I am being irreverent toward God but that is not my intention at all. I am just being honest when I say that I don’t like the way God does everything.
Jonah is a good example of a man who didn’t like the way that God done things. He got disappointed over far less than losing a baby. He got disappointed and pouted at God over the fact that God spared a city from destruction because they repented after Jonah preached to them. He also got upset over a gourd that God had given him for shade when it dried up. He was obviously disappointed because God was sending him to Nineveh in the first place. I am sure he was none to happy when he had to confess on the ship that he was running from God and needed to be thrown overboard for the safety of everyone on the ship. I don’t doubt that he was disappointed when he was swallowed by the whale. He called it “the belly of hell”. He was most likely disappointed that when he repented, the whale had to vomit him out on dry land. He was most likely sick and gagging at his own self when he began to dry out. Those are just a few things that Jonah got disappointed at God about.
I know I mention Elijah a lot but he is another perfect example of a godly man who got disappointed with the way God was doing things. I am sure that he wasn’t happy with the fact that after he proclaimed a drought for three and a half years, he became a wanted man by the government. Then, after his great victory on Mt. Carmel and outrunning a horse and chariot down the mountain, and being fed once by ravens and then by an angel, he wound up disillusioned to the point that he thought for sure that he was the only one left that proclaimed the name of God. He also made his complaint to God. In the end however, Elijah was satisfied with the outcome when God didn’t even make him see death but raptured him up with a chariot and horse of fire.
If you stop and look back at the events in your life, I am sure that you will find a lot that you were disappointed with at the time how they turned out. God knows that and he also knows that we are only dust (Genesis 18:27). But even when you look at all of those disappointments you have to admit, “he hath done all things well”. As I mentioned earlier I am just like Pilate was that day. “I find no fault in him at all”. I am thankful that I have tasted the Lord and seen that he is good. I have also discovered what I really already knew; “He hath done all things well”. I believe if you are honest with yourself; you also will find all 3 of those statements to be true in your life as well. Oh yeah, two more things. Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not….” Also Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever”. If he was good to the taste then, and had no fault in him then, and had done all things well then, he never changes and will still be all of that to us and more. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!