When God created this world He set things in motion. He seems to have known when certain spirits needed to be placed on this earth to accomplish specific missions. (does that only include only the important ones or does that include all of us…I don’t know) He obviously knew the details of His creation like Adam’s fall, Noah and the flood, the children of Israel, Christ’s birth / death / etc. He made provisions for these “big” events.
How involved is He with the little events? Or is there no such thing as a little event?
Let me give a common example: Righteous Brother Jones is looking for a new job. He and his family fast and pray about taking a job is a city 300 miles away. Non-member Mr. Smith lives in that city and has applied for the same job…and he actually has better qualifications, more experience etc. Does God influence the boss to hire Brother Jones because of his faith and prayers? If He does then that displaces Mr. Smith and causes a completely different direction in his life. Mr. Smith is then forced to take different job which displaces someone else etc. etc.
When does God allow the agency of man and the natural consequences of our own actions to take their course rather than intervene and change things up a bit.
It seems to me we are always looking for divine intervention, divine help instead of relying on our God given brain, intellegence and agency. How can God expect us to develop our agency learning to make right choices if we are always going to Him to have Him tell us what to do?
When we pray for that job and get it we say “Thank God”. When we pray for that job and we don’t get it we say, “It was God’s will”. Was it really, or was it just the natural consequences of men’s agency.
I’m not saying that God isn’t involved in our personal lives, even in the details. I’m just wondering if anyone can explain how we can tell when He is involved and when we are left to the consequences of our own agency.
I agree with the saying: “God gets a lot more credit and and a lot more blame than He deserves!”