Saturday, May 23, 2015

Devotional Thought : Psalm 32:9

Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Psalm 32:9

Sometimes I explain God's Sovereignty by saying God is in control. However God is not a controller in the sense that he wants to turn us into puppets. He does not micro manage our days. This verse is telling us God does not treat us like we treat horses whose every movement is controlled by bit and bridle. He wants us to willingly follow him without force or fear of consequences.

Perhaps a better way to think of God's Sovereignty is to think of God being in charge. Nothing happens without his knowledge, nothing happens that he could not stop, nothing takes him by surprise. These raises the question of why doesn't God intervene more often than he does and stop violence and suffering? The short answer is that he values our free will so much that he allows many things to take place that also break his heart. He will not become a Controller who orchestrates every choice people make in order that bad choices are never made. Free will means our choices matter and make a difference to our lives, even if they are bad choices.

We may wonder how God can ever bring about his purposes if he allows us so much freedom of choice. God wants his children to have and enjoy their preferences. Nevertheless he has a plan for our lives, a calling that will be fulfilling because it is tailor made for us, if we chose to step into it.

However if we chose not to follow God's destiny for us, he has other ways of achieving his plans but that will be our loss.

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