Monday, 19 May 2014

Divine Control: The Accident that Wasn't?


Credit: Sarah Spaulding, Flickr Creative Commons
Do you ever chase a theme through the Bible just to see what else it says on a related subject? I do sometimes. This morning I was reading Proverbs 19 and came across the following verse that I had previously underlined.
Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:21)
I then noted that there were half a dozen references listed, so I took time out to look at each of them. They are as follows:
But He is unchangeable, and who can turn him? And what He wants to do, that He does.” (Job 23:13) 
 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nought; He makes the thoughts and plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of His heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33: 10-11) 
 This is the [Lord’s] purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth [regarded as conquered and put under tribute by Assyria]; and this is [His omnipotent] hand that is stretched out over all the nations. For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who can annul it? And His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” (Isaiah 14: 26-27) 
 Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose.” (Isaiah 46:10) 
 But if it is of God, you will not be able to stop or overthrow or destroy them; you might even be found fighting against God!” (Acts 5:39) 
 Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath.” (Hebrews 6:17)
While not listed in my Bible among the previous list of references, I then remembered another proverb I read a couple days earlier. It says,
The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him].” (Proverbs 16:33)
Taken together, I then started wondering if perhaps we don’t have a lot less influence upon our world and circumstances than we typically think. Is God ultimately in control, or is He not? Depending upon how one answers that question, raises a whole plethora of other potentially divisive questions. And then there is the amplification of the previous verse: “even events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him.” What are we to do with that? Are accidents then not really accidents at all? Most of us will no doubt struggle with that thought, yet it’s there. What do you make of it? Hmm.

Anyways, there you have some of my Monday morning ramblings and musings. Have an awesome day. Peace & Blessings to you and yours.

All Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible.

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