The REV. LOU TISCIONE
We all choose what we desire. Yet, the Bible teaches that God is sovereign and He has ordained the steps of men. Proverbs 16:9: “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”
There is no contradiction between God’s sovereignty and man’s choices. The link between these two truths, God’s sovereignty and man’s will is the doctrine of secondary causes.
Secondary causes are those actions which God uses to accomplish His ordained decrees.
One clear example of God sovereignty was written by Jeremiah. “Who has spoken and it came to pass unless the LORD has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?” Lamentations 3:37-38.
Isaiah also wrote concerning God’s sovereignty. “Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?” Jesus, who is God, declared “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to men.” Matthew 28:18.
Most Christians affirm the sovereignty of God. But confusion comes when we place God’s sovereignty against the choices we make. On the one hand, God has ordained the daily routines and minute details of our lives. On the other hand, we all choose to do what we desire.
We search for answers that suit our finite minds. One such answer given is that God is sovereign over the beginning and the end, but for all that is in the middle He has given man a free will to choose whatever course he desires. If this is true then God is not sovereign and His word is false.
But God is sovereign over the ends and the means. He uses secondary causes to accomplish His ordained purpose. King Solomon wrote, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He will.” Proverbs 21:1.