The gracious will of God

At every turn, God demonstrates his character and reveals his good will toward man. We must stop looking at the world and judging God by what people do. How can we think badly about God when he is not guilty for the decisions of men?

Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will.
Matthew 11.26 NET

The heavenly Father does all according to his will. In the context of this prayer of Jesus, he mentions that the truth is given to the little ones, that is, to those who are simple and receptive.

The phrase “gracious will” (Greek: eudokia) means good will or favor, or benevolence (Gingrich; Rusconi). The term was used in that age for the acceptance of the terms of contracts (Spicq). In the Septuagint (Greek translation of the OT), the term is used in the sense of the will or loving desire of God.

“In his relations with humans, God is the sovereign Lord, benevolent and beneficent, absolutely free to dispense his favor; it is emphasized that he takes pleasure in doing good and that he is quite willing to accept the worship of the just, even as he refuses that of the godless” (Spicq).

So the terms describes the pleasure and will of God. It is used by God at Jesus’ immersion. “It is always a matter of supreme, gratuitous initiative, of God’s benevolent and effective will” (Spicq).

The emphasis, therefore, is upon the initiative and absolute liberty of God’s decisions. The these clearly show his goodness toward men.

Instead of being an angry, illogical, implacable, or abusive God, he shows himself to be the God who acts by his gracious nature, always with the purpose of saving and preserving the greatest number possible of people.

God wants to bless us with everything.

Like Jesus in his prayer, this is a great motive for gratitude.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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