What are the decrees of God?

The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.[1]

Ephesians 1:11-12 (NASB)

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

All of history is moving towards a climactic subjection to God.[2] It might not appear that God is in control, but God is firmly in control of history. 

We do not serve a God who created the universe and stepped away, or a God who is incapable of bringing about his purpose. Everything, and I mean everything that occurs is in some sense predestined by God.

Why does a good and sovereign God allow tragedies and evil? I do not know, but I am confident that evil will eventually be defeated, for God’s purpose and will is for good.[3] It is a mystery how God’s sovereignty and human responsibility work together.[4]

[1] The Shorter Catechism, 7.

[2] IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament

[3] Romans 8:28.

[4] ESV Global Study Bible Notes.