God’s plans and our plans

By Dave Henning / January 18, 2014

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. -Proverbs 16:9

As Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 6 of Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, he states that the author of Proverbs (Solomon) is saying that while we make our plans, they only fit into the greater plans of God.  Pastor Keller adds that one of the most fascinating examples of this Biblical perspective is found in the Exodus account of Moses’ confrontation with Pharaoh (Exodus 7-14).  The text is fascinating because it tells us that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart almost the same number of times it states that Pharaoh hardened his own heart.  Thus God used Pharaoh’s obstinacy to ultimately free the Israelites.

The sovereignty of God, the author asserts, is mysterious, but not contradictory, with the following implications:

1.  God’s sovereignty means we are motivated to use our wisdom and will for the greatest good, because we know that God will hold us accountable and that we’ll suffer the consequences if we’re foolish and wicked.

2.  There is an absolute promise that ultimately we cannot mess up our lives.  As Pastor Keller sates: “Even our failures and troubles will be used for God’s glory and our benefit.”

Today’s question: How does Pastor Keller’s understanding of God’s sovereignty bring purpose and hope to your healing, transformational journey?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Sharing in Christ’s sufferings”


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