ALL THINGS Andy Hollifield 4-10-19
Mark 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well…(KJV)
I can remember a time close to thirty years ago when God let this verse really ring up on me while I was preaching. I hadn’t started out with it as my message but God made it real and preached it to my soul while I was preaching. It is times like that, when he comes on the scene, that makes you remember a verse for thirty years.
Why do we get so astonished when God does exactly what he said he will do? We often talk about how God amazes us with the things he does. Why is that? Why should we be amazed? In Mark 9:23 Jesus told the distraught father of the possessed boy, “If thou canst believe, ALL THINGS are possible to him that believeth.” Luke 9:43 begins “And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God.” They were referring to the things which Jesus did. He called the devils out of this same child as in Mark 9:23. He then healed him from where the devils had ravaged him and left him for dead on their way out, and he then delivered him to his father. After all they had seen God do throughout the history of Israel, they should be the last to be amazed. It was for them God parted the Red Sea and the Jordan River and let them all cross on dry land while he held back the water. It was for them the Messiah had come and for them he would later go to the cross. It was only back in Mark 7 they were declaring “He hath done ALL THINGS well” when he healed the blind and deaf. But still when he did something, they were amazed.
I am not pointing fingers but confessing my faults. I have been involved in a situation doing the Lord’s work that resulted in law enforcement being involved and asking me to leave where I was. Of course I left but had to return later for some furniture for someone. This also had to be done with the presence of law enforcement, this time at my request. After leaving that home, I began to think on my way home about how this wasn’t how I figured things would go. In my mind, when we began helping this person, it was supposed to be a quick and relatively easy process and then everyone would go on their merry little way. Needless to say that didn’t happen. I began to ask God “How can we start out trying to do good and wind up in this situation?” Knowing that “with God, ALL THINGS are possible, I still began to doubt. Seeing all that I have seen him do throughout my history, I still doubted. Sometimes, what we see in front of us doesn’t look anything like the end result will when God is finished doing his work.
Romans 8:28 gives us this promise; “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.” I love this verse because there is so much promise and answers in it. First, it says “We Know.” We don’t have to wonder about anything that goes on in our lives because we know ALL THINGS, good and bad, work together for good to us when we are honoring our call to accomplish his purpose. Even in the bad things that come, we have the assurance they will work to our benefit. John 1:3 says that “ALL THINGS were made by him. ” John 3:35 says that God gave ALL THINGS into Jesus’ hands. John 4:25 says “When he is come, he will tell us ALL THINGS.” John 4:29 says he knows ALL THINGS that we ever did. Acts 13:39 says, “And by him all that believe are justified from ALL THINGS…” Romans 8:32 asks the question that if God gave us his own Son to be sacrificed for us, “How shall he not with him also freely give us ALL THINGS?” 1st Corinthians tells us “He hath put ALL THINGS” under his feet.” Ephesians 1:22 tells us he “Worketh ALL THINGS after the counsel of his will.” Ephesians 5:20 tells us to give “Thanks for ALL THINGS.” 1 Thessalonians tells us “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
I haven’t really got off of my story yet. The point is that whatever you might be going through at the minute, you will come out better because of it somewhere down the road. As for my story; as bad as everything was looking and as frustrating as it was and looking impossible to be fixed; one phone call set everything in motion for a favorable outcome. It is looking even better than I even imagined that it could. He truly has “Done ALL THINGS well. After all, his thoughts and ways are higher than ours. God is always working ALL THINGS for our maximum benefit at all times. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!