One more line of thought about God’s Sovereignty has come up….
A common thread of thought among those in the meeting fellowship is that God gave us brains to use, therefore when it comes to some decisions to make or actions to take, we just take care of things ourselves. Or, if things have gone a certain unexpected way and something needs to be done NOW we just need to handle it. We don’t just sit and wait for God to work things out; we have to be DOING something.
I had mentioned to this person about God always having a Plan in mind for us and that nothing happens outside of His Plan, and that is when I was reminded again of the teaching in the meeting church about that subject.
The book mentioned in the previous post about this subject (When Life and Beliefs Collide by Carolyn Curtis James) mentions this very subject and I thought she answered it wisely.
She was referencing Hebrews 12 exhortation to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”She writes: God marks out our race, and we are commanded to run. If we follow the logic, sovereignty doesn’t remove human responsibility. It actually increases it. Human responsibility depends on an ordered world in which God is sovereign. You can’t be responsible in a world of chaos, chance, and blind fate. Sovereignty frees us to act because we know God has a plan. We are part of that plan, for we are the agents through whom he accomplishes his purposes. His plan is fulfilled and accomplished as we roll up our sleeves and get to work.
So what does it mean to run? According to the mechanics of running, it means taking the next step, doing what is right in the present circumstances. It is the opposite of passivity. God calls us to full-throttled, active and creative living. Our decisions, attitudes, initiatives, effort, and actions matter. We make a difference because God has invested us and everything we do with significance. We don’t need to diminish his powers to have significance ourselves.”
Isn’t that great? It just makes so much sense (in my opinion) and doesn’t leave God out of the picture at all but again, rather sees Him in it all. I don’t believe He wants us to “do” a single thing in life without him or on our own. Why? Because He loves us so much and He wants to be there for us each step of the way. All the time; all the way. He wants us to know Him better.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” All things because it is all spiritual and it is all a part of His Plan. I want to be an active part of His Plan and trust it.