All doesn’t always seeem to mean 100% all. For example:
Jer 44:11 — Jer 44:14
“Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I will set My face against you for catastrophe and for cutting off all Judah. And I will take the remnant of Judah who have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to dwell there, and they shall all be consumed and fall in the land of Egypt. They shall be consumed by the sword and by famine. They shall die, from the least to the greatest, by the sword and by famine; and they shall be an oath, an astonishment, a curse and a reproach! For I will punish those who dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, so that none of the remnant of Judah who have gone into the land of Egypt to dwell there shall escape or survive, lest they return to the land of Judah, to which they desire to return and dwell. For none shall return except those who escape.’ ”
All doesn’t always mean 100% all rather ‘most’ all as we read in the below passage. ‘For none shall return except those who escape’ because of their refusal to be humbled, fear and obey God’s clear and early message command.
It is interesting to note that the people refused and God appointed, similar to salvation.
I suppose this is in sync with the saying, “There is an exception to (almost) every rule, including this rule”
With that said, “When God says it, that settles it” is tried and true in my opinion, which doesn’t mean a lot, unless of course its in accord with God’s word.
At the same time He reserves and deserves the right to change His mind based on the situation and response yet always remains true to His principles. He doesn’t display false favoritism yet loves and rewards obedient people who are all about serving and loving Him and others.
What leadership on display for us to emulate.
While we are far from the authority and omniscience God possess, He does call us to be like Him and His Son by His Spirit. I thank Him for giving us His Word which is paramount in accomplishing this imperfect, never endings endeavor which begins by leading ourselves first.
When thinking about this topic and word ‘all’ or ‘always’, I can’t help but to think of and share the very first motivational book I recall reading by AL Williams, “All I can do is all I can do but all I can do is enough” and for good measure I like to add, “, the good Lord willing. “
God, help me and others from getting the little mole hills confused with the mighty mountains while realizing every mountain is made up of grains of dirt and elements of rock.
Said another way, help us keep the big first things first while understanding its the little things that add up.
Do you have a similar or different take on this?
If so, please share.