I am reading a book by Paul Kengor PhD. by the above title. The interesting fact I have so far noticed is that Reagan understood the total sovereignty of God. He understood that from his birth, the circumstances that brought him to the Christian Church, (yes he was a member of our denomination), were of God and by and for the purpose of God. These events all together, though they seemed at the time to be unrelated to each other, eventually took Reagan to the Whitehouse. I am only on page 41, but I anticipate the rest of the book will be good.
We are brave Christians. We state what we know to be true about the sovereignty of God, and we believe it too. But when things go badly, we have a hard time reconciling events with what we understand and see happening. Could the loss of my job, the death of my friend, the constant sickness I feel, or a number of other things or events, be the actual will of God? If He is sovereign, then He must have a plan, but it makes no sense to me! Right? Be honest- do you sometimes feel that way?
It comes down to a simple thing- FAITH! Sometimes, when things aren't going right as we see them, we just can't figure how God has included this in His plan. But the fact is, we don't have to understand what God is doing for Him to carry out His plan for our lives. We will likely never fully understand what He is doing until we see Him face to face. But in the meantime, we can continue to trust that He will keep His promises and do what is best for us because He will never cease to love us! And in the end, we will agree with our Lord that His way was the best though it didn't seem that way at the time.
Actually, all things do work together for the good of those who love the Lord and who are called by the Lord, and His purpose will be accomplished.