Do you ever have those days when you feel like the world is just beating the life out of you? I know I do. I used to question God’s character on days like that. I used to wonder how a supposedly “good” God, sovereign, as He’s called, could sit by and watch as the world tumbled down into hell.
Then I learned the true definition of sovereign. Sovereign does not mean that God controls all things, as many believe. The dictionary describes the word “sovereign” as “possessing absolute authority; supreme power; dominion; superior to all rivals”. Our God is certainly sovereign – he certainly has the ability do whatever He wishes -but, because He chose to give us free will, His will is not always done on this earth. Let’s look at some examples:
In 1 Timothy, chapter 2, we are told “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God, our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2: 1-4).
It is very clear from this passage that God desires salvation for all. Why then, do so many go to hell? Why is it that the road to heaven is narrow but the road to hell is wide (Matt. 7:13-14)? It is because we have been given a choice. God doesn’t force us to spread the Good News. Likewise, He doesn’t force us to receive it. He wants us to receive it, but the choice is ours. God wants His children to choose to be with Him, He won’t force us. That would be dictatorship, slavery – not true love.
Let’s take a look at another example. In Matthew 23, Jesus was continuing the pronunciation of the woes upon religious leaders. It is here that He condemns their hypocrisy and greed. In verse 37, however, He follows up with this statement “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” Again we see how God had one path in His plan, but humans chose another.
One more example: In Mark chapter 6, Jesus is back teaching in His hometown of Nazareth. As He was teaching, the people there took offense at Him “Where did this man get these things?”, they asked. “Isn’t this Mary’s son, the carpenter? Are not his brothers and sisters here with us?”
What was the result of their choice of unbelief? Verse 5 tells us: “He could not do any miracles there, except heal a few sick, because of their lack of faith.”
Jesus wants us well. He wants us protected and safe. Jesus tells us in John 17:15 that “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil one.”
God’s goal in creating us was to have a family. For the purposes of gathering as many people into His family as possible, He has given us the Great Commission, that we would go into all the world and spread the good news of Jesus Christ and His salvation. He has called us as His partners for the purpose of accomplishing His will.
His will is that all will call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved, but we have to make that choice to accept Him, to serve Him, and to obey His instructions to us, given in His Word.
Psalm 119:9 tells us “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word”.
If we want to have God’s plan in our lives, His plan of good and not evil to give us a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11), His plan of life and life abundant (John 10:10), we must follow the instructions given us in His Word. We must choose His way and not our own. We must “seek first the kingdom of God”.
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are looking for a way out of all of the pressures life has placed upon you? Look to the Lord. Ask Him what His plans are for you, what He wants you to do about the situations you’re struggling with. Quit trying to figure it all out on your own accord.
Proverbs 3:13-18 tells us “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver, and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.”
Again, we see time after time, the Lord giving us instructions for a good life. Choose today to learn and obey His Word, and walk in His plan for you. You may not be able to choose the paths of those you love, but you can, at least, choose your own.
The Enemy will always work to throw tribulations at you. You see, the Enemy’s hate for humans is just as big as God’s love for us. The difference, however, is that the Enemy’s power is non-existent. Jesus took it away from him at the Resurrection. God’s power, however, is infinite. It is so big, so amazing, that nothing can compare, and nothing can overcome it. Choose today to seek and walk in God’s will for your life. You’ll always be glad you did.