Does God mock us by commanding us to do what He knows we are unable to do? The answer of Augustine to this question is the best we have met with: “God gives commands we cannot perform, so that we may know that we ought to request from Him.”
The Sovereignty of God, A. W. Pink, page 266
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall by my side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. . . . Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee (instead, all things will work together for good), neither shall any plague come night thy dwelling” (Psalms 91: 9-10)
“Death and plagues around me fly,
Till He bid, I cannot die;
Not a single shaft can hit,
Till the God of love sees fit.”
The Sovereignty of God, A. W. Pink, page 248
To declare that God helps those who help themselves is to reject one of the most precious truths taught in the Bible – namely, that God helps those who are unable to help themselves, who have tried again and again only to fail.
The Sovereignty of God, A. W. Pink, page 245
We feel that when we are surrounded by a happy family no power should lawfully enter the charmed circle and strike down a loved one. If we end up disappointed in any of these areas–if bankruptcy or death, actually comes–the perverted instinct of the human heart is to cry out against God. But in the person who by grace has recognized God’s sovereignty, such murmuring is silenced; and instead, there is a bowing to the divine will and an acknowledgement that God has not afflicted us as sorely as we deserve.
The Sovereignty of God, A. W. Pink, page 204
The prevailing idea seems to be that I come to God and ask Him for something that I want, and that I expect Him to give me that which I have asked. But this is a most dishonoring and degrading concept. The popular belief reduces God to a servant, our servant; doing our bidding, performing our pleasure, granting our desires. No, prayer is a coming to God, telling Him my need, committing my way unto the Lord, and leaving Him to deal with it as seems best to Him. This makes my will subject to His, instead of, as in the former case, seeking to bring His will into subjection to mine.
The Sovereignty of God, A. W. Pink, p. 193
To come to Christ for life is for the sinner to abandon his own righteousness and be ready to be made the righteousness of God in Christ.
Knowing this, is the sinner willing to take such an attitude before God on his own? No, because in the first place he does not realize the danger of his situation and is not really deeply heartsick to escape. Instead, people are for the most part at ease with themselves; and if it were not for the Holy Spirit setting off alarms in their conscience or divine intervention, they overwhelmingly choose any other refuge but Christ. In the second place, they will not acknowledge that all their righteousness is as filthy rags, but like the Pharisee with thank God that are not as the publican. In the third place, they are not ready to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior for they are unwilling to part with their idols. They would rather gamble on their soul’s eternal welfare that give their idols up. That is why we say that left to himself, the natural man is so depraved in his heart that he cannot come to Christ.
The Sovereignty of God, A. W. Pink, page 166