My Will in God’s Sovereignty
If a Christian has the correct view of God’s sovereignty and complete rule over this world, it can almost be immobilizing. Why even look for a job if God is planning my steps? I could do more to get myself out of this rut but this is part of God’s plan. The Lord never intended for us to use his sovereignty as a weapon against action and personal responsibility. God’s rule over us should comfort us, steady our hearts and even enable bold action on our parts.
“Man is a responsible agent, though he is also divinely controlled; man is divinely controlled, though he is also a responsible moral agent. God’s sovereignty is a reality, and man’s responsibility is a reality too.” J.I. Packer “Evangelism and The Sovereignty of God”
Encouraged to Act
Through the scriptures, God enables and encourages our action. The father never intended for his ultimate control to freeze us. It has always been God’s plan for humans to act on their own. From the first man to walk the earth, God gave him a purpose and a job. Adam was to keep and protect the garden, not just bask in the control of God. Many godly men and women through the bible had professions:
- And many more!
We have been placed on this earth to tell the good news of Christ, but we need a platform (jobs, hobbies, contacts) to connect with people and make legitimate relationships.
Enabled to Trust
While God does want our action and our decisions, he is also in control of every atom, every word spoken, every sparrow ever to fly on earth. When we have a proper view of God’s control over every single thing, it should humble us. The fact that God is completely sovereign yet still uses us to carry his word and uses our lives and prayers to affect eternity is amazing. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9. Some ways to move forward in action and still acknowledge God’s control are:
- Pray that our actions would align with God’s heart (Psalm 37:4)
- Seek wisdom from Pastors, Elders, Deacons
- Check yourself against the Bible
- Follow your passions and interests
Go Into All the World…
God gives us all interest, passions, and gifts that are unique to each of us. Our following God’s will is not a cookie cutter procedure. The men of the bible walked in the Lord’s will by doing what God had gifted them with. David was built from the ground up to be a King and warrior. If you are more fisherman than warrior, walk in that. Ultimately God’s sovereignty should be a safety net that enables us to live full lives with passion and vigor. Act as God leads you because we will never truly understand how our will and God’s sovereignty unite.