In the wake of the tidal-wave elections of 2010, the air resounds with chatter about what this or that big-wig intends to do. They intend to do good, they assure us, while warning us that their adversaries mean only evil. Ultimately, however, what matters is not what they MEAN to do, but the results of their actions.
“I didn’t mean it,” a politician will snivel when big plans go awry. The talking heads are now obsessing over whether President Obama’s intentions have been good or evil. They seem, on both ends of the spectrum, to have reached the consensus that he means well, and I believe them. But grownups concern themselves with results — especially as they impact the lives of others. Fixating on what they meant to do is a game for ten-year-olds.
Really, our actions interact with those of others — both those we agree with and those we don’t — in ways we can only partially foresee. God alone is in charge, and “He” makes use of the activities of human beings, be they for good or ill, in ways that serve “His” purposes and not ours. As the saying goes, “We make plans…and God laughs.”
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t plan, but only that we must proceed with humility. In the final analysis, God’s will alone will prevail. Only the plans we’ve made in accordance with that will are destined to come to fruition.
Those, both Left and Right, who would play God with the lives of others never seem to understand that. Only those of us who respect the liberty God gave each of us factor that into our plans.
These momentous events will serve God’s will — and not ours. As we all move forward into 2011 and look ahead to 2012, that is something we’d do well to keep in mind.