(All Bible quotations, except otherwise stated, are from the American King James Version).
Despite God being sovereign and having his perfect will and desires for his intelligent creatures (angels and men), he doesn’t force his will down our throats. Because we’re free moral agents with the capacity to make informed choices, God simply presents his perfect will/plan before us and asks us to obey him so that we would receive the benefits of his good will towards us. If we refuse to obey him and follow our own ways, God will allow us to continue in our ways, and may even continue to allow his providential blessings to fall on us. But, that doesn’t mean he approves of our choices, and in the end, if we don’t mend our ways, we will reap the whirlwind, having sown to the wind. In the long run, the consequences of operating under God’s permissive will will catch up with us, as anything we do under permissive will doesn’t carry divine protection. God will abandon us to the consequences of our actions if we abandon his ways to follow our own. We shall now examine some instances in Scripture where God allowed people to operate under permissive will, and behold the end of such people.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:
Deuteronomy 30:20 That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may hold to him: for he is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
The first instance we’ll consider here is with respect to unbelievers who choose to continue to walk contrary to God’s will, after having been made aware of the truth of God’s word. People who know the truth of God’s perfect will, but reject that truth, and choose to walk in their own contrary ways, eventually end up being abandoned by God. God will give such people over to their delusions, and will allow them to believe a lie and be damned by it, since they have no love for the truth. God will abandon them to the vile affections of their reprobate hearts, allowing them to do freely those things which are not proper, giving free rein to their vile passions and affections which will eventually consume and destroy them. Such reprobate hearts lose all sense of morality and humanity and become worse than brute beasts, becoming totally controlled by the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. As they wander farther away from the truth, all godly restraints in their lives become removed and they end up becoming the very antithesis of godliness. Such is the fate of those who reject truth and light, to walk in error and darkness. They end up as children of wrath, for whom the wrath of God is reserved. God permits people to exercise their freewill as free moral agents. Humans are permitted by God to either accept his perfect will or reject it. If we reject God’s will, God will permit us to continue in our ways, but we will end up in darkness. If we reject light, we automatically end up in darkness, for darkness is the absence of light. The more we wilfully wander away from light, the deeper into darkness we descend. And if we don’t get off that course before we die, we will end up in the darkest place ever known, the fiery darkness of hell!
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has showed it to them.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.
Romans 1:24 Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:
Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2 Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:18 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John 3:20 For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
John 3:21 But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are worked in God.
Next, we shall consider the case of God’s servants who reject God’s perfect will to pursue their own lusts. We will now turn to Balaam, a prophet of God who shunned God’s perfect will for his own ways. Balaam was warned by God not to go with the messengers of Balak to curse Israel. Yet, despite such a clear-cut expression of God’s perfect will to Balaam, he still went back to God to ask for permission to embark on that journey, when a more honourable offer was made to him by king Balak. Balaam, who knew that God could not change his mind about his perfect will, still desired permission to go ahead on a journey forbidden by God! Balaam’s mind was made up to go anyway, as Balak’s offer of greater inducement had turned his head and swayed his heart. When God saw that Balaam desired to go with the messengers of Balak at all cost, God permitted him to go, despite having warned him earlier not to go with them! Having rejected God’s perfect will, Balaam was now operating under God’s permissive will. God didn’t want him to go, but he wanted to go by all means, so God allowed him to go anyway. But, by choosing to operate in God’s permissive will, he had no assurances of God’s protection for this journey. In fact, an angel of God met him on his way and would have killed him, if not for his donkey! This journey on permissive will would eventually cost Balaam his life, as he ended up offering Balak the recipe to curse Israel (because the offer of money made to him was too much to resist), and Moses ordered the army of Israel to kill him for that. That’s the danger of operating in God’s permissive will for any child of God—God will withhold his protection and mercies and the way of such a person will become hard!
Numbers 22:1 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.
Numbers 22:2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
Numbers 22:3 And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.
Numbers 22:4 And Moab said to the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.
Numbers 22:5 He sent messengers therefore to Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:
Numbers 22:6 Come now therefore, I pray you, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.
Numbers 22:7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came to Balaam, and spoke to him the words of Balak.
Numbers 22:8 And he said to them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak to me: and the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.
Numbers 22:9 And God came to Balaam, and said, What men are these with you?
Numbers 22:10 And Balaam said to God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me, saying,
Numbers 22:11 Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covers the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.
Numbers 22:12 And God said to Balaam, You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people: for they are blessed.
Numbers 22:13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said to the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD refuses to give me leave to go with you.
Numbers 22:14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went to Balak, and said, Balaam refuses to come with us.
Numbers 22:15 And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honorable than they.
Numbers 22:16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus said Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray you, hinder you from coming to me:
Numbers 22:17 For I will promote you to very great honor, and I will do whatever you say to me: come therefore, I pray you, curse me this people.
Numbers 22:18 And Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.
Numbers 22:19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry you also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say to me more.
Numbers 22:20 And God came to Balaam at night, and said to him, If the men come to call you, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say to you, that shall you do.
Numbers 22:21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
Numbers 22:22 And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his ass, and his two servants were with him.
Numbers 22:23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.
Numbers 22:24 But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.
Numbers 22:25 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself to the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again.
Numbers 22:26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.
Numbers 22:27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.
Numbers 22:28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said to Balaam, What have I done to you, that you have smitten me these three times?
Numbers 22:29 And Balaam said to the ass, Because you have mocked me: I would there were a sword in my hand, for now would I kill you.
Numbers 22:30 And the ass said to Balaam, Am not I your ass, on which you have ridden ever since I was your to this day? was I ever wont to do so to you? And he said, No.
Numbers 22:31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.
Numbers 22:32 And the angel of the LORD said to him, Why have you smitten your ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand you, because your way is perverse before me:
Numbers 22:33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain you, and saved her alive.
Numbers 22:34 And Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that you stood in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease you, I will get me back again.
Numbers 22:35 And the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak to you, that you shall speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
Numbers 31:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Numbers 31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shall you be gathered to your people.
Numbers 31:3 And Moses spoke to the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves to the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the LORD of Midian.
Numbers 31:4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall you send to the war.
Numbers 31:5 So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.
Numbers 31:6 And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand.
Numbers 31:7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males.
Numbers 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
Numbers 31:9 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods.
Numbers 31:10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelled, and all their goodly castles, with fire.
Numbers 31:11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts.
Numbers 31:12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, to Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and to the congregation of the children of Israel, to the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho.
Numbers 31:13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.
Numbers 31:14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.
Numbers 31:15 And Moses said to them, Have you saved all the women alive?
Numbers 31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.
2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
2 Peter 2:16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbade the madness of the prophet.
Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.
Next, let’s examine the case of Jonah, another prophet who rejected the perfect will of God to embark on his own self-willed journey. God permitted him to start this rebellious voyage, but made his way difficult and hard, like that of any transgressor. Jonah suffered a great loss in that misadventure, and almost lost his life in the process, regaining God’s favour only by repenting and turning back to God in the belly of a whale! That’s the same fate that awaits every child of God who rebels against God’s perfect will to walk in his own chosen ways. God will not spare such a one from chastisement and scourging. He will hedge such a rebel on every side and frustrate all his ways. The heaven above him will be closed and become like brass, while the ground underneath him will become like iron. God will withdraw his blessings from such a one and curses will invariably follow him. God will ultimately hand such a rebellious child over to satan, if he refuses to repent and come back to the path of obedience.
Jonah 1:1 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
Jonah 1:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
Jonah 1:3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
Jonah 1:4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
Jonah 1:5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man to his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
Jonah 1:6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said to him, What mean you, O sleeper? arise, call on your God, if so be that God will think on us, that we perish not.
Jonah 1:7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is on us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
Jonah 1:8 Then said they to him, Tell us, we pray you, for whose cause this evil is on us; What is your occupation? and from where come you? what is your country? and of what people are you?
Jonah 1:9 And he said to them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which has made the sea and the dry land.
Jonah 1:10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said to him. Why have you done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.
Jonah 1:11 Then said they to him, What shall we do to you, that the sea may be calm to us? for the sea worked, and was tempestuous.
Jonah 1:12 And he said to them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm to you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is on you.
Jonah 1:13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea worked, and was tempestuous against them.
Jonah 1:14 Why they cried to the LORD, and said, We beseech you, O LORD, we beseech you, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not on us innocent blood: for you, O LORD, have done as it pleased you.
Jonah 1:15 So they look up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
Jonah 1:16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the LORD, and made vows.
Jonah 1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 2:1 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,
Jonah 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of my affliction to the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and you heard my voice.
Jonah 2:3 For you had cast me into the deep, in the middle of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all your billows and your waves passed over me.
Jonah 2:4 Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.
Jonah 2:5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
Jonah 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet have you brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.
Jonah 2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in to you, into your holy temple.
Jonah 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
Jonah 2:10 And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah on the dry land.
Proverbs 13:13 Whoever despises the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.
Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding gives favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.
1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
1 Corinthians 5:2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that has done this deed might be taken away from among you.
1 Corinthians 5:3 For I truly, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that has so done this deed,
1 Corinthians 5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on you, that you by them might war a good warfare;
1 Timothy 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
1 Timothy 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered to Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Hebrews 12:5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, My son, despise not you the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked of him:
Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and whips every son whom he receives.
Hebrews 12:7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not?
Hebrews 12:8 But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons.
Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?
Hebrews 12:10 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to them which are exercised thereby.
Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of the LORD your God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command you this day; that all these curses shall come on you, and overtake you:
Deuteronomy 28:16 Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field.
Deuteronomy 28:17 Cursed shall be your basket and your store.
Deuteronomy 28:18 Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your land, the increase of your cows, and the flocks of your sheep.
Deuteronomy 28:19 Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
Deuteronomy 28:20 The LORD shall send on you cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that you set your hand to for to do, until you be destroyed, and until you perish quickly; because of the wickedness of your doings, whereby you have forsaken me.
Deuteronomy 28:21 The LORD shall make the pestilence stick to you, until he have consumed you from off the land, where you go to possess it.
Deuteronomy 28:22 The LORD shall smite you with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue you until you perish.
Deuteronomy 28:23 And your heaven that is over your head shall be brass, and the earth that is under you shall be iron.
Deuteronomy 28:24 The LORD shall make the rain of your land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down on you, until you be destroyed.
As children of God, we must be careful then to always seek to follow God’s perfect will and not insist on having our ways or our lustful desires. If we insist on our lusts, God may allow us to have them, but that will not augur well for our souls. The Israelites lusted after flesh in the wilderness, and God allowed them to have what they desired, but sent leanness to their souls. Israel desired a king against God’s will in the time of Samuel. God gave them a king in his anger, when they insisted on having one, but took him away in his wrath. The bottom line is this: whatever God angrily allows us to have by his permissive will will bring disaster to us in the end, for the permissive will of God can never be as God’s perfect will for his children. The permissive will of God does not have God’s blessings upon it, for it is man’s lust and self-will permitted by God, with dire consequences to follow!
Numbers 11:4 And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
Numbers 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:
Numbers 11:6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.
Numbers 11:12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that you should say to me, Carry them in your bosom, as a nursing father bears the sucking child, to the land which you swore to their fathers?
Numbers 11:13 From where should I have flesh to give to all this people? for they weep to me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.
Numbers 11:18 And say you to the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and you shall eat flesh: for you have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and you shall eat.
Numbers 11:19 You shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;
Numbers 11:20 But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome to you: because that you have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?
Numbers 11:31 And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high on the face of the earth.
Numbers 11:32 And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
Numbers 11:33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.
Numbers 11:34 And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.
Psalms 106:13 They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel:
Psalms 106:14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
Psalms 106:15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
1 Samuel 8:4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel to Ramah,
1 Samuel 8:5 And said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons walk not in your ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
1 Samuel 8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed to the LORD.
1 Samuel 8:7 And the LORD said to Samuel, Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you: for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
Hosea 13:9 O Israel, you have destroyed yourself; but in me is your help.
Hosea 13:10 I will be your king: where is any other that may save you in all your cities? and your judges of whom you said, Give me a king and princes?
Hosea 13:11 I gave you a king in my anger, and took him away in my wrath.
In conclusion, the permissive will of God is God simply allowing man to walk in his chosen ways that are contrary to the perfect will of God. God respects the free will of his intelligent creations, as well as the informed choices they make, but they must face the consequences of their actions. We’re free to reject God’s perfect will for us, but we’re not free from the consequences of such decisions of our free will. The permissive will of God does not carry God’s blessings and protections, and will eventually lead us towards the wrath of God. For God’s children who choose to walk in his permissive rather than his perfect will, God will make our ways hard, and will chastise and scourge us as necessary, to get us back to the path of perfect obedience. He will withhold his blessings, then allow curses and hardship to follow us, and finally hand us over to the enemy (Satan) for the destruction of the flesh, that our souls may be saved. Truly, the way of a transgressor is hard (God makes sure it is!). It is then to our benefit to seek and follow God’s perfect will at all times, for walking in the permissive will of God is dangerous!
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