“Then someone called from the crowd, ‘Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.’ Jesus replied, ‘Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?’” (Luke 12:13-14, NLT).

As with most things in life, people have different ideas about how God works, including how involved he is in our lives and how much freedom we have. Free will means different things to different people. Some believe God controls everything that happens, while some believe he is mostly hands off.

This verse gives a clue, directly from Jesus. Some came to him for solutions to their problems, like this man who wanted Jesus to tell his brother what to do. But Jesus said he wasn’t a judge in this situation and went on to tell a story about a foolish rich man who was in love with his possessions.

God doesn’t micromanage our lives and doesn’t control us, otherwise we would be robots or puppets. What he desires is relationship, which leads to trust and love, which leads to transformation. As we focus more on who God is and as our relationship grows, we become more in tune with him and the question of how involved he is in our lives becomes moot. He is fully involved and completely present to us at all times, in a loving, dynamic relationship.

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