Embracing God’s sovereignty

Today I watched a little girl try her hardest to run away from her father at the grocery store. He finally let her go explore the massive store, but of course kept an eye on her while staying out of sight. Eventually she got lost – easy to do when you’re little – and began to worry, then panic, and then cry. Her father came around the corner and she ran up to him and grabbed onto his leg tightly. Five minutes before she wanted to leave him, but now, after having her way, she wanted nothing more than to hold onto him.

Humans are a lot like that with God. We hate the idea of a sovereign God because it ruins this idea of free will. We love the ability to choose. We love the idea that we can make our own plans, we can make our destiny, we are in control. Sure, if things get tight God will come along and rescue us, but for the most part He leaves us be.

Others, of course, are more open in their view and allow for the view of a God that doesn’t know the future, or in the case of Weakness Theology, doesn’t know the future and can’t know the future. This is because we see so much go wrong in our world that we feel God wouldn’t possibly allow such things to happen.

In one of the deleted scenes from the movie Bruce Almighty, Morgan Freeman (playing the role of God) shows Bruce a string of prayers that Bruce said ‘yes’ to. There was a little boy who was bullied at school that prayed God would stop the bullying. Bruce said ‘yes’ and the little boy because a wrestling star eventually, dying from a steroid overdose. There was a lady praying that God would remove her mortgage debt. Bruce said ‘yes’ and she won the lottery, but never spoke to her sister again. In both instance, ‘God’ tells Bruce that the young boy was going to one-day write amazing poetry, based on his experiences. The old lady was going to be humbled and forced to rebuild a lost relationship with her sister. He then says probably one of the best lines ever uttered in a movie (too bad it was deleted): “Bruce, to paint a beautiful picture, sometimes you have to use some pretty dark colors.”

We who belong to God shouldn’t worry – we do, but we shouldn’t. Romans 8 promises that God will work all things toward good for those who believe in God and are called according to His purpose. This would seem to indicate a few things:

1)   God is in control – the sovereignty of God is not to be questioned in our despair or in our doubt. He is in control and has a plan. We may not know that plan, but it does exist. He is a wonderful God that guides the steps of His children – we should trust in this.  

2)   God’s plan is superior to our own – too often I have been told to have a ‘plan B.’ Too often we’re told to aim toward what we want. Very rarely are we told to trust in God. Would God have a plan that is not superior to our own? Would God aim us toward something that would not, in some way, fulfill us? The answer, of course, is no – God’s plan is superior and better than whatever we could hope or dream for.

3)   God’s plan is comforting – just as the child, who tried to find her own way around the store, but instead found solace in the embrace of her father, so should we with God. Instead of seeking after our own desires and our own plans, we should instead simply seek the embrace of God and His sovereign Will. We should seek after what He desires for us and nothing else – this is the source of true happiness, it is the only way to be totally fulfilled.