2010-07-23 - The Will of God
Originally Published 1996-07-23
Matt 6:10 "Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven"
Recently a large ecclesiastical group issued a statement asserting that the crash of Flight 800 was not the will of God. There are many ways of responding to a disaster and it seems in our culture an earthquake, flood, or plane crash have now become "bigger than God". God is love, God is kind, and God would never cause hardship. The is the God that man has created.
We would not want to say that God caused any plane to crash or that he did not. We simply have no way of knowing. God's ways are past finding out. But to say that this was not God's will is to say that God was unable to prevent the crash. It happened in spite of all God could do. We do not want to say this. This limits God and we serve a limitless God. Rather than say that it was not God's will that the plane crash, it is more truthful to say that God in His will did not prevent the crash. And He could have prevented it.
The Church has historically viewed the will of God under two aspects.
This petition in the Lords' prayer, "Thy will be done", should lead us to rejoice in the sovereignty, authority, and glory of God. It should teach us to be content and satisfied with His dealings with us and with our stations in life, without envy, rejoicing to see others honored, prospered, and happy. We are under the care and providence of the creator and Lord of the universe and His will for us should be our delight and our joy.
Soli Deo Gloria,