We’re living in confusing times. Have you noticed how fatalism seems to be propagated throughout our world? Even some religions teach it. Frankly, their teaching is no different than the secular worldview. “Whatever is going to happen is going to happen.” “If it’s meant to be, it will be.” “Everything happens for a reason.” The assumption is that human beings have little or no impact on the Divine Will – that whatever God wants to do, He is going to do. And He isn’t going to ask us about it.
“Our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.” (Psalm 115:3)
As children of God, we believe God is Sovereign – that He’s ultimately in control and will certainly accomplish His purposes. But The Bible also affirms that we can influence Him with our prayers and impact the way His purposes are accomplished. Yes, He incorporates us into His plans, and He uses those of us who are willing to be used, more integrally than those who aren’t. Despite the voice of our inner fatalist – and most of us have one – we can partner with Him in accomplishing His divine purposes.
There are times, however, when we feel too much responsibility in that Kingdom partnership. We make the miscalculation in thinking everything depends on us, as if God will quickly move on to someone else if we don’t play our cards right, as if our capacity to blow it is greater than His capacity to make sure His Will is done or our prayer is answered. We obsess over whether we qualify for the partnership and fear being left out of His plans if we don’t measure up. Instead of a God who does whatever He pleases, we end up with a God who does only what we can earn, deserve, or arrange by pulling the right spiritual strings. And we live very stressful or uncertain lives.
Relax. God is on His throne, and He does whatever He pleases. Yes, some aspects of His Will for our lives are dependent on our response, but He is patient and merciful and will keep setting us up for moments and seasons of breakthroughs and blessings. He is not unreliable in His generosity, dangling gifts in front of us and then pulling them away when we fail a test. He does not tease His children. His Will for us is relentlessly good. It pleases Him to bless you and me. And, as His own Word says, He does whatever He pleases, at all times and in His own way.
Have a relaxing weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who live for the pleasure of God, and who know with certainty that His best Will for their lives is always a part of His agenda for them.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)