I was bemoaning my fate the other day: I don't always get what I want. Please remember I'm coming off a devastating dashing of expectations against the jagged rock of human instability. That is, I was dumped by my fiance. Otherwise, I'd be my happy and peaceful self. Give me a moment or two to catch my breath. In the meantime...
I'm not the only one who doesn't always get what I want. Our heavenly Father God doesn't get His way every time,either! You would think the Creator of the Universe would get His way in everything. I mean, He's the boss, right? Ultimately, He's in control, right?
Yes, He is the boss. Yes, ultimately, all things will work for His good and glory. But, no, He doesn't get His way all the time. And God's not in charge of those who refuse to let Him Lord over their life; We're not puppets on a string.
Consider these items:
- Garden of Eden. God wanted a sinless paradise forever. DENIED.
- Obedient children. DENIED.
- Worship in truth and spirit. DENIED. (Cain)
- No pre-marital sex. DENIED. (bringing it close to home now)
- No divorce. DENIED. (me, again)
- ...and a billion other ways God doesn't get His way. PWNED!!!
If God got His way every time, we wouldn't be in this predicament. The problem is He created us with a thing called "free will," and His nature and His love will not allow Him to violate our free will. Love must be a choice.
Now think about this: God promises that all things work for good for those who love Him. How can He make that promise?! If He can't directly control any of His freewill creatures, how can He be so sure things will work for good?
Most of us can handle raising a household of children. Imagine raising millions. Or...
Most of us can solve algebra problems with a few variables. Imagine working with a million variables.
My Life = a*b+c*d+e*f-g*h/i*j^k*l...
God keeps "My Life" equal to "Peace and Joy for Eternity" by making adjustments to those variables. Some of those variables He cannot control! Some of those variables are freewill beings. So, if variable 'a' changes slightly, such that "My Life" no longer equals "Peace and Joy for Eternity," God will need to make adjustments to, say, variable 'b.' However, every variable will influence at least one other life, and God will have to consider that when making adjustments.
Your Life = b*c/d+e*f^g*h+i-j...
It's like the "butterfly effect" times one billion.
What are some of the variables in my life that God has to take into consideration?
- My will. I can choose not to do what God says. Imagine how this affects other plans God has in place for other people. If I refuse to do my part, what happens then?!
- Parents - freewill beings over which God can exercise Lordship ONLY if the freewill being allows, and even then they sometimes refuse
- Friends - freewill beings over which God can exercise Lordship ONLY if the freewill being allows, and even then they sometimes refuse
- Children - freewill beings over which God can exercise Lordship ONLY if the freewill being allows, and even then they sometimes refuse
- Significant Other - a freewill being over which God can exercise Lordship ONLY if the freewill being allows, and even then he/she sometimes refuses
- Enemies - freewill beings over which God can exercise Lordship ONLY if the freewill being allows, and even then they sometimes refuse
- Natural events
- ...and on into infinity...
Imagine God is sailing a boat across a sea. He has two ways to modify the ship's course: the rudder and the sails. There are many ways the boat can be knocked off course: strong winds, large waves, sabotage from crew, other boats. When the boat begins to veer off course, God can adjust the rudder or sails to get it back on track. If you think of that boat as your life, there are an uncountable number of ways to knock you off course. You could even take control of the wheel and spin it. But God has a plan for every circumstance to work out your being off course for your own good and His glory (times a million for every boat He loves). Nothing surprises Him, of course, but when we get to heaven and look at what He had to do to first get our attention, then keep us in line, I think we might faint.
If you're able to perceive this, you'll realize just how amazing the concept and how indescribable is the power of God.
God Gets His Way
What does God really want, anyway?