Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: – 2 Corinthians 1:1
One Sunday night, a group of families from our church were gathering together for dinner. After I had my fill of the adult table, I turned my attention to what some of my students were doing in the other room. They were playing the board game Life. With each spin of the wheel, paper money was distributed, lifeless pegs were added to plastic cars, and laughter was had.
There are plenty of moments when I feel like I’m a participant in a divine game of Life. God spins the wheel, and I take my assigned path. Life feels aimless at times and out of my control (this is not the time nor the place to dive into the tension between God’s sovereignty and the free will of man). I simply feel at times like I’m just along for the ride in my own pink plastic car.
Here at the start of 2 Corinthians, the phrase will of God jumps off the page. You see, God has a desired plan for the cosmos, a plan that will come to fruition. He doesn’t spin a wheel and guide our lives accordingly on a whim. He guides nations and families into His plan for human history. In the case of Paul, God’s will lead him to become an apostle of the Son. Everything that follows in 2 Corinthians has authority because of Paul’s apostolic role. This apostolic role was God’s plan for His life.
You may feel uncertainty right now about what God’s will is for you. Be encouraged. You can trust His plans for you and your family. Every “action card” you come across in life is deepening your understanding of the grace and peace that is available in God (v. 2).
I want to be content as the blue peg in this game of Life. I want to lead my pink pegs well. And I want to remember that God is guiding me down a path that has far more than Countryside Acres waiting for me on the other side.