That the blessed and only ruler will make manifest at the proper time, the King of kings and Lord of lords. (1 Timothy 6:15)
Recently I saw a post on Facebook. At first it angered me. Not that someone posted it, but what the post was. For a passing moment I thought about blocking the poster. I have seen other posts by this person that have upset me in the past. Then I realized they are entitled to their own opinion even when it disagrees with mine, so I didn’t block or unfriend her. During the process of coming to this conclusion, I had time to contemplate her post and formulate my own answers to her post.
Her question (I don’t remember the exact words) was if God has plans for us, why not sit back and let the plans unfold? This wasn’t the point in the post that angered me, but this isn’t about what angered me, but about searching for my own answers to the question.
Many of us have asked this question. The poster used it for evidence that God doesn’t really exist, because we humans continue to follow our own paths.
Let’s put this in human perspective. How many times have plans been made and outcomes all but assured? Then someone who was part of the plan didn’t follow the plan. They chose to exercise their free-choice and go their own way. Now your ending is changed, delayed.
This is how our relationship with God is. He has plans for us, but because He gave us free choice—free will, we chose not to follow His path. Instead we go our own way, disrupting and changing His plans.
Why doesn’t God just force his plans through? Why does He tolerate human interference if He is all-powerful, all-knowing? Because in spite of all our human failings, our missteps, He is more than that…Benevolent comes to mind. He loves us. He waits for us to come to Him. He gives us numerous second chances. He is patient.
God wants to work with us and through us to achieve His plans. So again the question arises, why don’t we just sit back and let God have His way? As I previously mentioned; He wants to work with us and through us. He wants an active partnership with His children.
Humankind was not created to be slaves and fulfill a cruel taskmasters needs. Instead we have been created in God’s image to be active participants in the world He created for us. Notice, I said Active. He doesn’t want us to sit back and wait for His plans to unfold. Instead He looks to us to actively participate in the plan. Only when we prayerfully and full of faith embrace and participate in the plan will we find peace and satisfaction. When we go against His plan with our own or the world’s plan we only find discouragement and despair.