Big idea: what you do matters!
But this idea only provides comfort to the extent that things go well and line up with our expectations of goodness and greatness in the world. When things go badly (and they do, for all of us, in one way or another) we are left facing an uncomfortable idea. We must reconcile the cognitive dissonance of a God who is in control, yet allowed or caused something bad to happen. We are then left in the position of doubting God’s goodness or sovereignty, or we simply look the other way, choosing not to think about the issue until it’s resolved and things are good again.
Perhaps there is a better way. Rather than defining God by His sovereignty, we must define Him by His love – perfect, transformative, interactive love. His other attributes flow out from this love, including His power. So, if we imagine God’s sovereignty as interactive, then we don’t have to explain the bad things that happen as a deficiency in God’s love or power. God’s power and working in the world depends on human action – which is incredibly empowering, but also removes our ability to sit back and do nothing. We are required to act for God’s sovereignty to be fully realized on earth.