How should we respond to the fact that God is able to and does in fact move in the minds and hearts of people to accomplish His will?
We must choose to trust and depend upon God. Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. We know from this passage that God is able to do more than we can think or imagine. So why shouldn’t we choose to trust and depend upon Him? After all, our destinies are in His hands. We must entrust our future to Him.
We have a great example of this trust and dependence upon God in the book of Esther. When Queen Esther was to go before King Xerxes without being summoned into his presence her life was in danger. In that country and in that day and time the act of going into the king’s presence without being invited could mean death. Queen Esther asked Mordecai to gather all of the Jews together to pray and fast that the King would grant her favor as she approached the King without an invitation. Esther 4:16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”
There is no doubt from this Scripture that Queen Esther knew that God controls the hearts of people and in this particular case the King’s heart. She certainly knew that her destiny was in the hands of God. God sometimes allows people to treat us unjustly. God never allows people to make decisions, about us that will undermine His plan for us. God always desires the best for us. We are His children. Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
God delights in each of us and will comfort us with His love. Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
The bottom line here is God will never allow any action against you that is not in accordance with His will for you. His will is always our good. Why then do we suffer such disappointment when the hoped for favor that we need from another person doesn’t materialize? Why do we struggle with resentment and bitterness when someone else’s decision or actions adversely affect us? Is it not because it’s our plans that have been dashed or our pride that has been wounded? If we want to live a less stressful life we must learn to live with a single agenda: “God’s agenda”. We cannot live under two agendas “God’s and Ours”. His will, His agenda is best for our lives. We must believe that God will guard, protect, an advance His purpose for our lives. We must learn to live by God’s agenda if we are to trust Him.
One of the most encouraging features of God’s providential sovereignty is the extent of His involvement in our lives. God’s care for us is expressed well in the depiction of God as our father. An example is the references in the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5, 6, and 7. As Jesus delivers this sermon He references God as our father 15 times.