Christians believe that God is in control of all things, but we also believe that human beings make meaningful choices. But how can both be true? Let’s find out as we discuss the relationship between God’s plan and human actions.
God is in complete control over all things. This is what Christians mean when they call God “sovereign.” God’s sovereignty, or authority, is absolute. His plans for the world cannot be challenged or prevented. What God says will happen will happen.
And then there are our choices; the simple choices and the moral decisions we make every day. Does God’s authority contradict our ability to make decisions that matter and have an effect on the world?
The Bible says that both of these are true. In fact, it says that the Lord’s plans go forward through the choices of human beings as moral agents, including our freely chosen sinful actions!
Everything we do is what we want to do, while also being a part of God’s plan. They are what we want and what God wants.
The Bible shows us the perfect example of this in the death of Jesus. Jesus’ death on the cross was intended by God in order to save sinners. But Jesus was killed by people who wanted Him to die. They were responsible for their actions, even though they were a part of God’s plan.
The relationship between God’s plans and human action is a difficult one for us to understand, let alone accept and embrace. It’s a truth that is too big for us to fully grasp. And while it is difficult and creates confusion and sometimes frustration, it is also gives us hope: God is working all things for the good of those who love Him, and we can trust that none of the sinful choice of human beings will stop Him from doing exactly that.