Dr. Del Tackett’s Truth Project is a survey of what a worldview is and how it has an effect on the way we see everything. In his lecture on history, he reminds us “Nothing happens at random or by chance. The hairs of our heads are numbered, and the details of our lives are threads in the great tapestry of His overarching providential plan.”
Too often we forget this. We think we are all alone. If God is there, then God surely isn’t interested in what I am going through. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yet, as Tackett says, many people resist the idea of a sovereign God. Why? Because too many people want to be in charge of their own world, living according to their own desires and plans.
The implications of such a belief are worth noting. If I am in charge of my own life, if God isn’t there or interested, then I become my own little god. When I face challenges and I am my own little god, then I have to rely on my resources. If I believe in a sovereign God, this all changes. It is God’s power, God’s resources (which are infinite) that I can rely on. When I also come to realize that God loves me, that God has rescued me (which is the essence of the Gospel) then I can face challenges with an entirely different attitude. I can know that God will see me through because God is good. All the time.
I encourage you to reflect closely on the Gospel during times of joy as well as in times of challenges. The very God who got you to this point will see you through. No matter what. Resist the temptation to go it alone and reach up and out. Reach up to God and reach out to your fellow disciples who can help you see clearly the goodness of God.