"But I tell you of a truth, many
widows were in Israel in the
days of Elias, when the
heaven was shut up three years
and six months, when
great famine was throughout all
the land; But unto
none of them was Elias sent,
save unto Sarepta, a city
of Sidon unto a woman that was a
widow. And many
lepers were in Israel in the
time of Eliseus the
prophet; and none of them was
cleaned, saving Naaman
God is not obligated one iota to help us, show mercy unto us, or relieve us from a difficult circumstance. Many times He does, and His praise should be shewed forth from us for it. However, this doctrine is not a very popular one. Notice what happens to the people in the synagogue when He speaks these words. They are filled with wrath and attempt to put Him to death. Many people today will be filled with wrath when you talk to them about the sovereignty of God. Man, in his natural, prideful state, does not like to be told when he is wrong or not in control of the situation.
Many preachers do not like being told when they are wrong or have their preaching questioned. Preachers should welcome questioning from the congregation or there is no communication for the flock and the pastor to grow up together to God. But, most men do not like not being in control. However, he is NOT in control, and none can stay God's hand or say unto Him, "What doest thou?" It is really no wonder why He hates some people.
Turn on the TV for a few moments, and it will be plainly evident what the spirit is that dwells in natural man. However, the true mystery is why He loves anybody? But, thanks be unto Him that He has seen fit to bless us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. We have been given much, and even the knowledge that we have is due to His sovereign gift to us. May we ever thank Him for His mercies and grace.