It’s true God has given us the dignity of causation. We have the freedom to choose and make things happen. And, to be fair, this often gives us an illusion of control. But in reality, there’s still much of life not in our control.
For instance, we clearly have our part to play in applying for a new job. And it’s fairly certain we won’t get it if we never apply. But the final decision is still not in our hands. And it doesn’t matter how much we really want it.
Couples trying to conceive face this reality as well. While they must intentionally choose to bring their bodies together, the rest of the process is not in their control. They must humbly yield to God’s sovereignty in weaving together new life.
Likewise, healthy eating and exercise, safe driving habits, and wise financial management are all good choices to make to care for the things God has given us. But this doesn’t prevent us from getting sick, being in an accident, or facing financial hardships.
Wisdom allows us to navigate the ups and downs of life better, but it still doesn’t give us control of life. And there’s wisdom in remembering that it’s God alone who is Sovereign.
To be sure, it’s easy to thank God and be grateful when life is unfolding according to our plans.
But it becomes particularly difficult when it doesn’t. And even more so when others get the outcome we desired even though we’ve been doing all the “right things.”
What’s the point of working so hard if we still can’t guarantee the outcome we want?
In the end, we live by faith and learn to trust the outcome to God. Of course, there’s still heartache and grief when things don’t go according to our plans. But we trust God is still working all things out for good.
Faithfully exercise the choices that are yours to make. And remember you’re still not in control. But God is, and he is good.