I enjoy conferences for the new content I will hear explaining old truths, and for the old content I usually discover.
I bought A.W. Pink’s The Sovereignty of God at the Children Desiring God conference this past weekend. Though it is not yet more than 100 years old (it was first published in 1930), I can say with confidence that Pink brings a helpful, God-centered wisdom that will last well into the future!
A.W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God, p. 15
Without a doubt a world crisis is at hand, and everywhere men are alarmed. But God is not! He is never taken by surprise.
It is no unexpected emergency which now confronts Him, for He is the One who “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph 1:11). Hence, though the world is panic-stricken, the word to the believer is, “Fear not”! “All things” are subject to His immediate control: “all things” are moving in accord with His eternal purpose, and therefore, “all things” are “working together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”
It must be so, for “of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things” (Rom. 11:36). Yet how little is this realized today even by the people of God! Many suppose that He is little more than a far-distant Spectator, taking no immediate hand in the affairs of earth.
It is true that man has a will, but so also has God. It is true that man is endowed with power, but God is all-powerful. It is true that, speaking generally, the material world is regulated by law, but behind that law is the law-Giver and the law-Administrator. Man is but the creature.
God is the Creator, and endless ages before man first saw the light “the Mighty God” (Isa. 9:6) existed, and ere the world was founded, made His plans; and being infinite in power and man only finite, His purpose and plan cannot be withstood or thwarted by the creatures of His own hands.