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Something to think and pray about this week

Is God watching out for our Happiness?

We do not understand how God goes about things. But the following points give hints as to why we can reasonably say that God is provident and that this providence is effective in a way that human providence cannot be.

  • Divine planning is different from ours: God does not firstly create and then decide what to do with what is created. God goes at things the other way around. In other words God first plans everything and then creates in view of the plan. This is what it means to say that God is the lord of history. With appropriate control of all relevant factors, the divine plan can be successful. Our bad choices do not dismay God. There may be glitches, but they are not unexpected.
  • We have to work within the limits created by time and space and the slow unfolding of human history, with all its unpredictable ups and downs. But God is free of time and space and history –

these belong to the human world, not to the divine. We learn slowly over a lifetime, and we learn only a little about reality; but in God there is no guess-work: God has it ‘all together’ always. God does not make mistakes.

Excerpted from God You’re Breaking My Heart: What is God’s Response to Suffering and Evil?