Why did God allow the Packers to lose???
I’ll admit, it seems a little trite. Perhaps it is a strange question, but maybe not so strange considering the reaction of so many Packer fans! But it leads us to a larger question: why does God allow some things and not allow others? I mean, if God is really sovereign, why doesn’t he…have the Packers win the Superbowl? (Or insert your favorite theological dilemma. Many would say “end suffering.”)
There are various terms that people use to describe the will of God. Some may say sovereign will, while others say ultimate will. Some may say revealed rather than intentional. Almost everyone uses permissive, even though we have to define what it means. Some have more categories, some may have less. Here is my understanding of the will of God:
1) God has a sovereign will. There are some things that are going to happen. God has decreed it.
2) God has a revealed will. This is what we find in the Bible. This is how he wants us to live.
3) God has a permissive will. Now, don’t misunderstand this. This doesn’t mean He gives tacit approval to everything that happens. But He does allow things to happen – some good and some bad. He allows us to make choices, and some of our choices break His heart.
What is amazing about God and His sovereignty is that somehow, in the midst of all of this mess, and our decisions to go against His revealed will, He works it all out to accomplish His ultimate purpose. Oh sure, He gives a nudge here and there when He needs to (Exodus 4:21), but when you think of all the infinite possibilities that come from human beings making decisions on this earth, God is pretty incredible!
So, what about the Packers? I suspect that God let the game play out. It’s nice that Russell Wilson gave God the glory, but I’m not sure that God chose his team to win! Win or lose, our testimony should be the same. We serve an amazing and awesome God, and that God gives us guidance but He also lets us make both good and bad choices in this life. In the midst of all that, He still accomplishes His will and His purpose on the earth, and that is truly breathtaking!