Obeying God’s Sovereignty and Living a Meaningful Life
By Li Chen
Once there was a little sparrow in the woods. Since the sparrow was young, it had gotten a great dream—to fly as high as the eagle when it grew up. For this, the little sparrow painstakingly practiced flying high in the sky every day. A swallow saw and tried to persuade it: You are born to be a sparrow. No matter how hard you practice, you won’t possibly make an eagle, so don’t waste your time. After hearing these words, the little sparrow felt defiant, thinking: When I can fly as high as the eagle one day, I will let you see. At that time, nobody dares to look down on me. Finally, the little sparrow set out. It flew over villages and rivers, and flew higher and higher. Just while it was going to reach the height it had dreamed of, it was exhausted. It looked down and could find nowhere to take a rest, because there was only a roaring river below. In the end, the sparrow ran out of its strength and fell straight into the water.
We are all sorry for the little sparrow. It could have happily caught insects in the woods or in the field, living easily like other sparrows. However, it chose a wrong goal of pursuit, and walked on a wrong path, which caused an irretrievable tragedy. As a matter of fact, tragedies similar to the little sparrow’s happen in our real life from time to time. What the little sparrow pursued is the goal and direction the majority are pursuing.
For example, some people are born in a poor family, but they are bent on coming to the top and upholding the family honor; for this, they struggle hard from dawn to dusk for years but eventually things don’t work out; instead they get sick through overwork and spend days of sickness. Some have ordinary performances at school, but pursue to stand out from the crowd and distinguish themselves from others; so they try their utmost efforts and study overtime; in the end, they not only don’t succeed but suffer physical injury, and even lose their lives. Some don’t have business acumen, but envy others who run companies and make fortunes; then they actively ask for a loan everywhere to make investments; consequently, they lose everything they own, and some of them even ruin themselves. Some dream to be stars; they give up their study and work, dreaming to be famous stars; however, many years passed, they are ruined, dream away their time, achieving nothing in the end. … As we can see, many people from all walks of life are playing the role of the little sparrow: They are pursuing the great dreams in their hearts, but while working hard for their dreams, they are under tremendous pressure, feeling overwhelmed, and live in pain and depression.
God says, “Human beings, dominated by their satanic disposition, harbor a sort of desire, a type of ambition, inside of them. This is hidden within their humanity. They never want to stay on the ground; they keep wanting to go up into the air. Is being in the air a place for a person to stay? Whose place is it to stay? (Satan’s.) That is a place for Satan, not a place for humans. … If people keep having such ambitions, always wanting to turn themselves extraordinary and superior, different from others, and special, then that is a problem!” (“The Five Conditions People Have Before They Enter the Right Track of Believing in God”). “Because people do not recognize God’s orchestrations and God’s sovereignty, they always face fate defiantly, with a rebellious attitude, and always want to cast off God’s authority and sovereignty and the things fate has in store, hoping in vain to change their current circumstances and alter their fate. But they can never succeed; they are thwarted at every turn. This struggle, which takes place deep in one’s soul, is painful; the pain is unforgettable; and all the while one is frittering away one’s life. What is the cause of this pain? Is it because of God’s sovereignty, or because a person was born unlucky? Obviously neither is true. At bottom, it is because of the paths people take, the ways people choose to live their lives” (“God Himself, the Unique III”).
From these words, we can see: All our pain is caused by the fact that we don’t know God’s sovereignty and predestination but resist the Creator’s sovereignty. We are originally the creature; everything the Creator plans and arranges for us is suitable, and is so that we can live a happy and joyful life. So, our birth, families, appearances, jobs, marriages, and so on are all God’s arrangements and preordination, and all contain God’s good intention. No matter whether we are poor or rich, clever or foolish, beautiful or ugly, since God has created us, there must be the value and meaning of our existence. As long as we submit to God’s sovereignty and arrangement, let God lead us to spend our each day, and conduct ourselves and do things in a practical , down-to-earth manner, our life will be happy, peaceful, secure, and joyful, and our lives will also be full of pleasure. But if we are always not satisfied with our present situation, and if we always want to get rid of God’s sovereignty, we will lose God’s protection and blessings. And then all that we will get is failure and failing, which will bring us endless pain.
Rather than lying broken and bleeding as a result of struggling hard by our hands, we’d better accept and obey God’s sovereignty and arrangement to live out our own wonderful lives. Wouldn’t that be more meaningful?
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