Yesterday, I talked about God being sovereign, and that even though it seems we are never really in control – we can trust in the God who is. But where does that leave the concept of free will? Don’t we have choices and consequences?
First, this issue is way older than any of us. People have debated the free will and sovereign God concept since, well, since man. So don’t expect this brief entry settle an eons old issue.
Second, this blog could never do this topic justice in such a small amount of space. But I do hope to just give a parable that gets you to think.
And lastly, I thank Dr. Jim Denison for sharing this prior. I have appreciated his work ever since I sat under him in Evidentialism at Southwestern. (Link here)
So, here is a illustration from AW Tozer first seen in The Knowledge of the Holy.
An ocean liner leaves New York bound for Liverpool. Its destination has been determined by proper authorities. Nothing can change it. This is at least a faint picture of sovereignty.
“On board the liner are several scores of passengers. These are not in chains, neither are their activities determined for them by decree. They are completely free to move about as they will. They eat, sleep, play, lounge about on the deck, read, talk, altogether as they please; but all the while the great liner is carrying them steadily onward toward a predetermined port.
“Both freedom and sovereignty are present here and they do not contradict each other. So it is, I believe, with man’s freedom and the sovereignty of God. The mighty liner of God’s sovereign design keeps its steady course over the sea of history. God moves undisturbed and unhindered toward the fulfillment of those eternal purposes which He purposed in Christ Jesus before the world began. We do not know all that is included in those purposes, but enough has been disclosed to furnish us with a broad outline of things to come and to give us good hope and firm assurance of future well-being.”
We know all things work together for the good … how do we know this? For He works it out that way.
For fun, you might check out a new TV series … God Friended Me. This deals with an adult Preacher’s Kid who has left the faith for he doesn’t believe there is anybody in control. But God is getting his attention through a FB friend request and some divine appointments. If nothing else, I hope it opens people to talking about God.
Have a blessed weekend