When we start to think about the interconnectedness of all of our decisions, when we recognize that God knows past, present and future, when we contemplate the many experiences we have with tender mercies, and multiply that by the billions upon billions of children God has, I think we begin to scratch the surface of the vastness of the Atonement’s power. To try to sum up God’s involvement in a prayer-response kind of way misses that complexity completely. None of us exists in a vacuum or vending machine zone. There are no dead ends to God, and He can make beauty of ashes, regardless of how those ashes are formed (be it through natural causes or others’ agency or whatever the force).
I take great comfort in knowing that somehow, He is aware of each of His children, and He is able to consecrate all of our lives for our best good, taking agency, the ‘natural’ flow of things, His purposes, and everything else into account. If He grants me every breath, I assume that He grants me healthy-enough neural connections and the agency to make decisions. It ALL comes back to Him.
In short, if He counts hairs on my head and knows of a sparrow’s fall, I think of Him as pretty involved.]]>
Going to Him is exercising our agency.
“I always am very desirous to acknowledge His hand in all things, and I am very anxious that you should do the same. For to the Lord we are indebted for every blessing we enjoy, pertaining to this life, and the life which is to come.”
November 1, 1886]]>
So, as I understand it, there is no degree or line or level above which God will intervene and below which God will not intervene. No matter how small the item or how large the case, God must intervene if his children exercise sufficient power faith. He is bound to confirm their faith with signs.]]>
Apparently, God’s hand is in _all_ things.]]>
If this is strictly true then just how involved can God be in granting blessings to laws which are not obeyed?]]>
Well, it could always have the opposite effect. When we don’t rely on God, we may also miss out on the opportunities that could have been ours, just as those that only rely on God will miss out because they aren’t moving their “car”.
I think the answer to your question is a lot more involved and complicated then we could ever imagine. But I’m expecting many people will try to answer it anyway…]]>