God-willing, I hope that RightWithGod will continue to appear each week in a much shorter form until my broken right arm is healed, but I will not burden you with all the explanation given in my last blog. Believers are continually faced with a problem which is peculiar to believers, and which is not easily understood by anyone else. On the one hand, we believe that God is involved in every detail of our lives, and indeed has His own individual lives; on the other hand, God gives us all a set of circumstances within which we are to make decisions and choices according to the principles laid down for us in His word. The latter is an area if the believer’s life which we call “duties”, and it is extremely important. This is where our obedience begins. It necessarily involves some planning, but all our plans must be prefaced with the acknowledgement, “If the Lord will” (James 4:15). God may sometimes have very different plans for us from what we expect. I was once given an old saying which, although not from the scriptures, has been a great help to me over the years: ‘Duties are ours, events are God’s’.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).