Okay, so I know that this isn't a post for the new blog series, but these book excerpts helped me so much today that I couldn't help but pot it! I've been enjoying starting to read John Piper's Desiring God, and in the first chapter he talks about God's soverignty. I love what he says!
How can God be happy and decree calamity?
Consider that He has the capacity to view the world through two lenses.
Through the narrow one He is grieved and angered at sin and pain.
Through the wide one He sees evil in relation to its eternal purposes.
Reality is like a mosaic.
The parts may be ugly in themselves,
But the whole is beautiful.
What an amazing and beautiful way of viewing God's soverignty and explaining a reason for why God allows suffering in our lives. He has an eternal perspective in mind - such that we cannot comprehend. We may not understand all the "whys" but we can rest assured that He has a much bigger picture in mind, and is perfectly in control.
And what better place to demonstrate this than the cross?
God willed the crucifixition of His Son.
The sin and pain He abhorred (through the narrow lens).
The sin-covering, death-conquering obedience He delighted in (through the wide lens).
So it is with all pain and sin:
Grevious in itself, it does not thwart His plans, or diminish His deepest delight.
People lift their hand to rebel against the Most High only to find that their rebellion is unwitting service in the wonderful designs of God...The hardened disobedience of men's hearts leads not to the frustration of God's plans, but to their fruition...In the end, one must finally come to see that if there is a God in heaven, there is no such thing as a mere coincidence, not even in the smallest affairs of life...[God] has designed from all enternity, and is infalliably forming with every event, a maganificent mosaic of redemptive history. The contemplation of this mosaic (with both its dark and bright tiles) fills His heart with joy.Wow, isn't it incredible how God works? We see countless examples with this throughout scripture, where men intend things for evil, but God intends it for good (just think of Joseph)! Truly, we can and must trust in the Lord and see that all things ultimately come from His hand and His plans will be accomplished. What an encouraging thought! This means that no matter how many attempts appear to be being made to thwart His purposes, they will never succeed! In the end, He WILL return to judge and I believe that through that, we will see how all things work out for His glory! Amazing!
The Lord was very gracious to me today, in allowing me to read this as He really used it to prepare my heart for the trials that awaited me throughout the day. It's incredible how we can read something and then the Lord hands us a sitution as if to say, "Here, now apply what you have learned about Me!":) Truly, it is an amazing God that we serve! He knows just the preparation we need for each and every day and the problems we will face. Keep looking to Him dear readers!