God has a plan and we do not know what it is

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God … Continued

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God plan for her to campaign and ultimately, to win:

“God continued to strengthen and empower us when, you know, His strength is perfected in our weakness. And that’s what’s exciting because you see, that if it weren’t for faith, when all logic said it’s time to quit, we pursued. We marched on because we knew God was not releasing us to quit. And now with such an important lame duck session you realize why we were to endure all that stuff.”



How should constituents interpret statements by politicians who see their campaigns and causes as part of God’s plan? How do you decipher God’s intentions for you?

“God continued to strengthen and empower us when, you know, His strength is perfected in our weakness. And that’s what’s exciting because you see, that if it weren’t for faith, when all logic said it’s time to quit, we pursued. We marched on because we knew God was not releasing us to quit. And now with such an important lame duck session you realize why we were to endure all that stuff.”

My faith in God means believing that God is completely in charge: God’s eye is on the sparrow and even the hairs on our heads are counted.

This predestinarian approach translates in our culture into the notion that God has a plan or a purpose for each of our lives. Most of us are assessing our own lives in this way all the time. Does this job posting fit God’s purpose for me? Does God want me to marry this guy? Is it God’s will to open a parking space for me this time? We see it in sports – when opposing teams pray that God’s plan is for their victory. And, we see it in politics, when politicians speak of their campaigns and the anticipated victory as part of God’s plan.

The problem with politicians taking on the mantle of God’s plan is that politics is about the distribution of power. The moment that a candidate reaches to invoke God’s power as their own, they have reached too far.

The presumption that a campaign is part of God’s plan is also a distortion of what it means for God to be in charge. It assumes that we can know God’s plan and the fact is we can not. Faithful people often claim to know God’s purposes but the fact is we do not know. If we knew, then our faith would be knowledge, not faith. Anyone who clothes himself or herself in God’s will is betraying faith in God.

So, God is in charge. God does have a plan but we do not know what it is. That being so, how do I decipher God’s intentions for me? In a word, humbly.

I consult more than my own heart. I test the inspiration by the daily Scripture reading, not just my favorite Bible passages. I remember what I know of how our ancestors in Christ lived. I seek out friends for their perspectives and also wise strangers commended to me. I watch for signs. I let time go by so that other possibilities can emerge.

I measure everything by what Jesus taught me to be His most basic plan, that we should love one another as He loves us. This is my conviction by faith, not knowledge, and I do my best to hold to it humbly.

And while it is probably too much to ask of our politicians in this age to cultivate humility, I do think they are more likely to be in harmony with God’s inscrutable purposes, were they to do so.

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  • lifeonmars

    Not only does she assume that she knows the mind of God, she can’t put together a logical sentence that completes a thought:”And that’s what’s exciting because you see, that if it weren’t for faith, when all logic said it’s time to quit, we pursued.”If you remove the intervening phrase, she is saying “if it weren’t for faith…we pursued.”I believe she means to say if it weren’t for faith we might have quit, or something similar. Why does this matter? I think that it matters because the leaders of our country should be able to make themselves understood by others in a logical manner. There are people the world over who speak English as a second language who can speak more clearly than this. What does it say about our leaders when they can’t even use their own language correctly, and express a complete thought logically?

  • t2123

    I like Ms. Edward’s thoughts. One cannot know God’s plan. In fact, it may be impossible to deviate from it. One could say that any politician running for office, win or lose, or any other human action is part of God’s plan. For a politician to think that her campaign is part of God’s plan, while her opponent’s running is arrogant and stupid.

  • overcomerman

    God’s plan for Congress is described in my new book If we can convert Congress back to respecting Jesus Christ daily, we can save America and the world. Just think if Congress returned to having Bible study and praying for 3 hours daily before getting to the nation’s business, there would be far more reliance on Divine Providence, far less partisan disagreements, and less time wasted on legislating unimportant matters resulting in reducing the size of government for all.