I am confronted a lot by people telling me that God has a will for us, and it is a great will that will never hurt us and only benefit us. And it’s only when we don’t follow his will is when bad things happen. I ask these people if it is then possible to thwart God’s plan, and they tell me yes and I am caught off guard. We can thwart God’s plan and will?? I don’t know how you guys view God, but this is now the God I worship. The God I worship is not bound by humans, he is not limited by us. My God does not act in reaction to our actions. The Lord’s decreed will cannot be thwarted. Just look at Ephesians 1:11 to see God’s decreed will. It states he works all things according to his will. To quote Augustine, “The will of God is the necessity of all things.” Or to put in more understandable terms, “What God wills, will happen, and what happens is according to God’s will.”
So right now you’re probably thinking, “So if I sin, God has decreed it? So God is the author of sin then!” Not at all. Yes, God is sovereign, but he is not the author of sin. While we are under his sovereignty, we are not free from responsibility for our actions. God sent babylon to punish Judah, but God also punished Babylon for acting wickedly against God’s people. (Jeremiah 25) Is God then unjust for decreeing something to happen then punishing for it? By no means! The Lord God is not subject to our fallen notions of fairness.
This isn’t theological nit-picking, this is about giving God the most amount of glory.