July 30th – Don’t Blame God for the Bruises

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“The most important thought that ever occupied my mind is that of my individual responsibility to God”–Daniel Webster

     There is a story told about a man who became so obsessed with the sovereignty of God that he had difficulty functioning in society. His fatalistic approach to life caused him to question everything he did. One day while walking down a flight of steps he carelessly plunged himself headfirst. When he reached the bottom of the staircase he picked himself up, dusted himself off, and said, “Well, I am glad that is over.”

The sovereignty of God is a reality of Scripture and life. He is in control. All of creation was made by Him, for Him, and sustained through Him. However, in the midst of His sovereignty, God created mankind with a free will. Such a will gives man the ability to make decisions. Those decisions have consequences which simply unfold in a fallen world. This in no way limits or restricts God’s sovereignty; as a matter of fact, it actually promotes it. As one writer put it, “God is so sovereign that He can give us a free will and can still be sovereign.”

However, some things take place as a result of natural process. If you willingly toss yourself down a flight of steps, you, by your own volition, endure the consequences thereof. Free will gives choice, but it also holds us accountable to those choices that are made. In other words, you can’t blame God for the bruises.


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