This past week there have been a couple of times when I have heard people say something along the lines of "if God wants it to happen then it will happen."
So not true. God does not force us to do anything. We are not puppets on strings.
If what God wanted to happen always happened then Adam and Eve would not have eaten the apple. We would all be living in paradise still. No one would sin. And everyone would be a Christian.
And just because something does happen doesn't always mean it is of God.
We have responsibility. It is up to us to seek out the will of God for our lives... especially concerning big decisions. James 1:5 tells us to ask God for wisdom and he will give it to us. Not every opportunity that comes our way is from God. We aren't supposed to walk through every door that appears to be open. Sometimes some of those doors need to be closed. We need to use wisdom.
I've been thinking about this all week. It started with... well a group of us got talking about vaccines and autism and all that. I don't know if vaccines cause anything to happen with autism. But I do know that it is God who led me to not get Jason his shots. (Don't bother commenting on that... you won't change my mind or make me feel bad for my decision. It's solid. I don't care if you vaccinate your kids. Your choice.) But someone commented "well if God wants someone to have autism then he is going to have it whether he gets vaccines or not."
That's absolute crazy talk! I don't know what Bible some people are reading but mine says that God comes to give life ABUNDANTLY and that it is Satan who comes to steal, kill and destroy. God gives life. God is the healer. God is GOOD! Yes bad things happen... but God isn't the only one in the picture. We have an enemy. His name is Satan. And he hates us. And we have ourselves... and we don't always make the right decisions.
Not everything that happens in our lives is what God wanted to happen. But thankfully God is there for us in the hard times. On our side.
Be smart. Seek wisdom. Make good choices. Follow God's will. Don't just assume that what is supposed to happen will.
Ok. Glad I got that out finally.