Pilgrims in providence: Does God have a wonderful plan for my life?

As if it weren’t challenging enough to live by the Ten Commandments and the two Great Commandments, somewhere along the line someone decided that we also needed an additional “Four Spiritual Laws”. So now, right after “God so loved the world”, many Christians add, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” But is this “spiritual law” found in Scripture? This is an important question, because many – from Herodotus following the thread of fate in history to Neo attempting to understand his preprogrammed life in the Matrix – have believed there is a master plan guiding human history. People are comforted by the idea that their lives are meaningful because they are parts of a larger plan or a greater purpose than what currently meets the eye. Some Christians may think that belief in a predetermined plan is equivalent to belief in God’s sovereignty. But belief in determinism and belief in a divine determiner are quite different. We should zealously maintain this difference, especially when we consider questions regarding God’s will for our lives and the doctrine of providence. Read the full article by A. Craig Troxel.