Question: God's sovereign will seems so cold and impersonal to
me. (Chapter 12)
Answer: The implied question seems to be, "If the decisions of my
life are determined by some eternal plan I cannot know in advance, in what sense is God personally
involved in guiding my life?"
I devote a whole chapter to this question (chapter 18, "Practicing the Presence"). One of the
reasons the traditional view appeals to many is that they do not recognize God's personal hand in
His sovereign will.
For now, the short answer. Some people mistakenly equate God's sovereign will with something
akin to fate. That would be impersonal. But if you factor in a loving God dynamically "working all
things together for good," then it is very personal. That is what the Bible teaches. The
traditional view may feel better to some because they imagine God whispering directions for their
decisions. But it is better (and more reliable) to learn to recognize His involvement in our lives
in the ways He has told us He is guiding us-through his moral and sovereign wills.