Yes, God did make man capable of taking decisions by himself in any situation, but man’s freedom doesn’t restrain God’s freedom. If man makes some choices as he pleases, so that the consequences of these choices do harm to others, that doesn’t mean that God can’t intervene somehow and limit the effects of these choices. God has a salvation plan for the whole world, particularized for each and everyone of us.
This salvation plan is not something which predestines people’s behaviour towards some particular choices, on the contrary, it is a plan which fits closely and every moment to the choices we make. In order to better understand this, this plan is not written on a piece of paper, it’s not already established, but it’s a dynamic plan. It’s like an intelligent software which constantly adapts itself to the choices people make.
Some twenty-thirty years ago, a power plant which provided hot water and electricity was monitored by many people from a control panel with lots of buttons and clocks, which indicated variations of different parameter. (pressure, temperature etc) Everytime there was a breakdown or a small problem, the guys from the control panel noticed it and sent the caretakers to the plant. Here, these workers closed and opened some taps, to increase or decrease the quantity of water, steam and gas, so that the power plant can be restored. Today, however, all is automated; that big control panel with hundreds of buttons and clocks has been replaced by a computer with intelligent software. This soft was created so it can take decisions by itself in case there are problems, to adjust everything by itself, to open valves, to close them, to increase or decrease temperature, to provide more energy or less, always adapting itself to what is going on in the plant. Engineers now only look at the computer’s screen, without doing anything, the software programme makes decisions by itself, it can even shut down the entire power plant in case of serious damage!
God’s salvation plan works in the same way, with an intelligent software programme which makes decisions according to variation of external factors.
God intervenes in the world in every second and not even a hair can move without His will, so says our Savior in the Bible. Everything takes place under his eyes and the evil things some people do can’t stop God from doing as He pleases, on the contrary, He can turn the tables and create good from the evil.
In the New Testament, man and his passion are often discussed, as well as the way he has to manage the battle with himself, the way in which God intervenes in our personal life. In the Old Testament, however, God’s interventions in the life of people, external politics, in the relations between some armies and countries are often mentioned subjects.
We, today, in a secularized world think that population is in the hands of great powers or international interest groups, but we forget that Christ is always present at each transaction, at each negotiation, at each decision the rulers of the world take. He is never surprised, He takes decisions which limit the effects of some bad choices, thus confirming the salvation plan from the creation of the world.
Here is a quote from the Bible, from Daniel’s book (chapter 2, verse 37):
“You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; 38 and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—you are this head of gold. 39 But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others”
Notice how the Holy Bible speaks about a pagan king, who hasn’t got a clue about God’s existence, a king who worships golden and wooden statues, but a king that’s been given a kingdom from God. The king is Nabucodonosor, the king of Babylon, one of the biggest empires in history. Do you really think one could now become president of any country without God’s will? No way. But that doesn’t mean that God approves of all the president’s choices and deeds, it only shows that fact that God can influence the world even if we are free, without restricting our choices.
Here is another quote, where the same thing is discussed, in the First Book of Chronicles (chap. 10, vers. 13-14):
“So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD, because he did not keep the word of the LORD, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. But he did not inquire of the LORD; therefore He killed him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.”
Here you can also notice how God sets things up so that the ruling of a state is given to whom He wants. Also, in this book, at chapter 22, vers 18:
“Is not the LORD your God with you? And has He not given you rest on every side? For He has given the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the LORD and before His people.”
Here we can see how God takes care of His people, by keeping away the neighbouring people who want to attack them. In the external politics of the world, nothing happens without His will.
Here is another example from the Deuteronomy (chap.2, verse. 9):
““Then the LORD said to me, ‘Do not harass Moab, nor contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.”
In this verse, we can see how God establishes the territorial limits of each state.
We’ve accustomed ourselves to thinking that God limits Himself only to sins, passions, or church-related things, but we forget that He is the creator of all the seen and the unseen things. If we, narrow-minded, perceive things at a micro level, that doesn’t mean God is also like this. We believe that God intervenes only sporadically, in some people’s lives, because we have little faith. If we were wiser, more open-minded, if our passions wouldn’t render us blind, we would understand that the world is in God’s hands.
Fear not, for God, The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit is always near us, with the good people, with the bad people, it’s up to us to feel His presence and His help.
Nothing happens without his will, the good as well as the bad, don’t ever forget this!
(Written by Claudiu, translated from romanian by Costin)