One of my pet peeves is the phrase, “God’s sovereign reign.” I can’t stand it when people start using that phrase. Now I believe that God is in control. And I believe that he’s the boss (not Tony Danza). So in theory I have nothing against this phrase. The problem is, when someone says, “God’s sovereign reign” what they really mean is “God just caused that bad thing to happen.”
This is their way of saying, “well God’s in control, so he must have a plan for wiping out all those people in a flood.” Some people even go so far as to say that God has predetermined who is going to heaven and hell. Predetermined as in “before you were even born.”
But I don’t buy any of that.
Why? Because if it was “God’s sovereign plan” for disaster to strike and suffering to occur, why is God so upset? You don’t see architects bemoaning the fact that their building is being built according to the blueprints. You don’t see parents upset when their children are listening to their commands.
You see people upset when things aren’t working out. When things don’t go according to plan.
Now it’s possible that I’m just not seeing the big picture. That there’s something more going on behind the scenes that I just don’t have access too. That was kind of the point of Job.
But for the vast majority of disasters I don’t think God is lurking in the shadows waiting to strike you down with cancer or unleashing tsunamis to destroy unrepentant villages.
Frankly I think all the disasters and suffering is a result of sin. And sin is entirely outside of God’s plan. God never wanted Adam & Eve to sin. And he doesn’t want us to sin. If sin was part of his plan, why did Jesus need to die sinless? Which, of course, he did.
God is so brilliant at adjusting to our stupidity that it makes it look like it’s all part of his plan. But God never wanted you to suffer. God never wanted you to feel brokenness. That was never part of his plan. So don’t let someone tell you otherwise.