Trusting in the sovereignty of God does not give us license to live lax or laidback lives. Knowing that God is actively governing and guiding life’s events is a comforting realization. It rightly dispels fear and anxiety, but it should not quench our passion or drive to attack each day with zealous intent. Consider Paul’s confidence in God regarding the salvation of the elect. He obviously believes that “as many as are appointed to eternal life believe” when he proclaims the gospel (Ac.13:48). And yet we see his passionate determination as he describes his evangelistic fervor: “Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others” and “God is making his appeal through us: we implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2Cor.5:11; 20). There is no “letting go and letting God.” Rather, there is an underlying confidence in the providential work of God as we give ourselves wholeheartedly and passionately to the work he has called us to do. So whether it is evangelism or financial planning, prayer or childrearing, the biblical model is to trust God fully and work at it with all of our heart.
-- Pastor Mike
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