Your God Is Too Small
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:11-12)
Have you ever thought that God has a book in heaven with all his plans for your life? If so, your God is too small! For while the Bible speaks of a book that records all that we have done (Revelation 20:11-15), there is certainly no mention of a book that records what we will do. God is far too big for that!
Whenever we think in those terms, we are reducing the God of the Bible - the LORD, the great ‘I AM’ - to little more than the Muslim god, Allah. For Muslims, whatever Allah wills, happens, inexorably and relentlessly. It’s all written in the book, and all we can do is to submit to it. But such a view of God is most definitely not the God of the Bible.
The Bible is certainly clear that God certainly has an ultimate plan, for his world and for our lives, and that he is constantly working towards its inevitable conclusion. But he brings this about, not through fixed and unchangeable events, pre-arranged and already recorded in a book in heaven, but through dynamic interaction with his people as they share their lives with him. So prayer is not about our resigning ourselves to his will, but about engaging with his heart, discovering what is there, and becoming ‘God’s fellow-workers’ (2 Corinthians 6:1) out of our sharing with him and his sharing with us. God is not static but dynamic and is dynamically working together all things - good and bad, planned and unplanned - towards his end purpose. Like a good chef with his ingredients, he can work everything together to bring a fantastic result at the end. It is not the recipe that makes a good meal, but the chef!
God has not set everything about your life in stone; it is not already written it up in his book. Rather, he wants to work interactively with you today!
God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28, NASB)
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