Does God always get His way? In other words, is everything that happens God’s will? We most often ask questions like this in the midst of tragedy. Lately it seems like we have a new tragedy each week, and it’s devastating. So are all of these things God’s will? You’d have a hard time convincing us of that. Was it God’s will for someone to walk into a church and shoot people? Was it God’s will for someone to murder people at a concert? Of course not. It sounds ridiculous because it is ridiculous. Some would object, claiming if it doesn’t fit into God’s will, then it wasn’t a part of His plan. And if it wasn’t, then maybe that somehow diminishes His power.
Again, ridiculous. The Bible tells that it isn’t God’s will for anyone to perish, but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). We know that doesn’t happen. Not everyone comes to know Jesus, not everyone repents of the sin in their lives. So, God doesn’t always get what He wants. Does that mean He couldn’t make it happen? Of course He could, but in order to do so He would have to take away free will, which He won’t do. Why? Because to take away free will would be to take away our ability to love. And what God wants above all else is for us to love Him of our own choice. God is all powerful, God is all loving, but because He won’t revoke our free will, we have the choice to do terrible things. He can (and does) work those things together for the good of those who love Him, but you don’t have to wrestle with the question of, “was the latest tragedy part of God’s plan.” It wasn’t. It was the result of sin in people’s lives.
Is it weird to think God doesn’t always get His way?
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