God IS Sovereign

After I wrote this post I received a comment asking about God’s Will. I deleted it because the person was not so kind in the second half of the question and they asked it again. Here are sections from both comments:

So are you saying that God lets some people die? Not everyone makes it out alive, so are they not special?

So if God saves who he wants to save, that means he also lets some people die right? So why bother looking both ways when you cross the street? After all, it’s all up to God… you could have killed someone. Or I guess ultimately God would have killed someone.

God’s purpose

Because God has orchestrated life in such a way to bring himself the most glory, we can know that there is a reason behind everything that happens. As for the “special people”, the person who commented is wrong: just because someone dies, does not mean they are not special, it just means that God had other plans. He apparently still has more work for me to do, which ultimately is why Emmalie, other believers, and myself are still alive.

There are many things that happen in this world that are initially meant for evil, but then turned good. I know that my flipping the car last week was something that could have had a very evil end, but it did not. God did have other plans, and they are still being worked out. Like Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers, I can say that God meant this for good (see Genesis 50.20).

Some live, some don’t

The truth is that God does allow people to die, but the greater truth is that he lets sinners live. We all deserve death because we all consistently fall short of the glory of God. So God graciously reaches down and saves some. This does not, however, mean that God does not love those who are not saved.

God has chosen those whom He would save from before time began, so they are special in one sense of the word. But God loves all of mankind and is patient with them because of that love. Romans 9.22-23, one of the richest texts in all of Scripture, says:

What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory…

God is looking to show his power and glory. In this, He must also show His justice and mercy. He did this on the cross where Christ died to take on the sins of the world. God knows who will not come to Him, but instead of killing them off and immediately sending them to hell, He puts up with them and allows them to live so that those that do come to Him can more greatly see His mercy.

Stupid Faith

Although God is sovereign, humans still have their responsibility: this is why evil and hell exist. For those who believe in Christ, the punishment is removed, and we must learn to follow Him. However, having this faith does not mean that we go about life without regard to danger (we still look both ways when we cross the street). What it does mean is that God even controls the things that we consider to be under our control. When we fail, He prevails.

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