Better minds than mine have wrestled with the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility. The Bible simultaneously teaches that God is sovereign over all things, and yet it also teaches that man is responsible for his actions.
Read Ezra 5:1-6:22 as you prepare for our Sunday gathering. Ask yourself these questions to prepare:
· Where do I see the hand of God?
· Where do I see the responsibility of man?
· Is God’s sovereignty a fuel for faithfulness or a deterrent to hard work?
"In the Bible, divine sovereignty and human responsibility are not enemies. They are not uneasy neighbors; they are not in an endless state of cold war with each other. They are friends, and they work together." - J. I. Packer