Main Verse: “For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the LORD. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NET
I remember talking with a friend... she asked, “Why is it so hard for us (she meant the Western culture) to understand God’s Lordship or Sovereignty over our lives?” Without hesitation, I blurted,”because God’s not a democracy.”
Then what I said felt as if it was God reminding me (and her) of the truth of that statement. In our current Western Culture, primarily the US, we value the democratic process, we stand firm behind our rights of free speech, the congressional system and all the other wonderful attributes of democracy. And what a blessing it is! HOWEVER, I (and can safely assume, most of us) bring this process into our faith. Debating God, arguing with Him, voicing our opinion to Him about the unfairness (and seemingly unjust).
For example, I am currently in the throes of raising adolescents and it seems everything is a debate. My motives, directions and reasons are constantly questioned. As I contemplate the conversation I had with my friend and reflect on raising tiny humans...I am reminded, God is not democracy for good reason.
My kids, most of the time, do not understand my reasoning; it is beyond their capacity to understand. They don’t know what I know. I know what’s best for them, EVEN though they don’t like it or understand it.
God is our good, good Father, knowing what is best for us, seeing what we can’t see, understanding what we can’t fathom.
He is Sovereign. And, I am not.
It’s time I stop debating, stop “free speech” of discontentment, and simply answer with “Thy will be done” and obey.
Post written by: Samantha DeLeon Samantha has grown up going to church, but didn't encounter Jesus until her mid-thirties. Jesus met her on a road of anxiety and over commitment, turning her faith from a spectator sport to a team player on the field. Samantha's mission is to encourage women like herself, "the overachiever-need to help everyone-over committed-never full" life into the abundant life Christ promises and trust Him through life's ups and downs. Samantha is a California native, married to her high school sweetheart and they have 3 school-aged children.