Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Fallen human beings will always try to change who God is, what His will is, what He can do, and what He cannot do. Some see God as a cosmic ATM machine, His use is always dependent on the sinner. Some distort and pervert that because He is a God of infinite love, that means He is now also tolerant of sin and sinful behavior and various fallen lusts of the heart.
Some religions view God as a used salesman, a negotiator, who must agree to disagree when the religion tells him to. Some religions as Roman Catholicism view God as a “cooperator” who dispenses grace and blessings based on the actions of the sinner. Some see God as just another god in the grand scheme of things, a CEO who works as a democracy where He must bow to will of the human being majority. Some think that the old testament God was different than the new testament God in behavior and actions, that somehow He loosened the grip on His holiness and is now tolerant.
In an honest fair reading of Scripture, one will come to realization that God does not change. His promises are immutable. When He decrees something, that action takes place according to His timing to His will. Mankind cannot change Him because God is not learning things. He encompasses ALL knowledge, which means He isn’t reacting to our choices or actions, He knows what each and every action is down to our breath count or our heart rate.
God isn’t some sort of cosmic fortune teller as some cast Him to be, He KNOWS with 110 percent certainty. He knew the exact second by which Jesus was born before His birth, and the exact second in time of His death before His death.
In the Book of Job, Job and his friends struggled to understand God’s sovereignty. They tried to figure out why all these bad things happened to Job and the reasons for them. It was basically punching the air, as they soon discovered that their finite thinking was useless when God educated them. It wasn’t as if God was learning anything as they tried to rationalize, reacting to something by which Job might have did to make God angry. God already possessed the infinite knowledge, so everything which happened according to His perfect will.
I believe when one comes down with a serious disease by which their days are shortened, may come to understand this. I have lost many devout Christians to cancer in recent years for example. Did they do something to provoke their death, or was this just all apart of God’s divine plan. The answer is they did NOT do a thing, their death day down to the second had already been decreed by God. The circumstances of their death many not make sense to the finite mind, but to God it made perfect sense. Things we CANNOT see, He sees. Their experience may have brought just one sinner to the Gospel for example, and they were saved by that power of God.
Don’t get me wrong, somethings are HARD to understand, and we may NEVER understand, but we must TRUST in God and His perfect plan and will for mankind. We could never ask in contempt “what are You doing, God?” because like Job, we need to come realize that He is sovereign.
Personally I always find it odd when one says “so and so is watching down on me from heaven”. If that person is in heaven, there are no more questions! They are in the total peace and rest of God and see His sovereign reign first hand, so I highly doubt they are worried about you and your life here on fallen earth. So stop focusing on them, and start focusing on God alone! Know that He is God, be still, and you will come into His rest and peace!