Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Good Reason

When people go through difficult times a common phrase that is repeated to bring comfort is, "Everything happens for a reason." I agree with this in principle, but the motivation behind this platitude is usually to attribute our current circumstances to something that God has done. There are certainly things that are beyond our understanding that God has orchestrated to bring Himself glory and to fulfill His ultimate plan. When we hide behind that phrase however, we sometimes forget the role that our decisions have played in creating our present situation.

God has given us the ability to make choices each day that will determine the path our lives will follow. Not all of those choices will lead us to where we anticipated and they don't always produce our intended results. I am living proof that God will work His sovereign will in the midst of my own stupidity, but He still allows me the leeway to choose to be stupid. It is in our mistakes and sin that He reveals His perfect power to work above and through our flawed decision-making.

Everything in our lives does happen for a reason and many times it is simply because of our own poor choices and lack of foresight. I am grateful for a King that is able to redeem those circumstances and bring a greater reason & purpose to the free will that He has allowed us to have.

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