If you pay any attention to national or state politics, you certainly know what veto power means. Legislators create laws, but those laws don't go into effect unless the chief executive (president or governor) puts his/her signature on the law. If the chief executive decides to say "No" and vetoes the proposed law, that law is null and void. Unless the legislature overrides the veto ... but that's another story!
Think about veto power, in your own life. Who holds the veto power, between you and God? It seems obvious that God, the Master of the Universe, would have the final say in all things, right? Not exactly.
God definitely has a plan for your life. He knows exactly what he wants to see happen in your life today, tomorrow, and every day in the future. But God created you, and all human beings, with free will. He didn't make you a robot. He made you to be capable of thinking and deciding for yourself. It's rather incredible, but it's true. God gave you veto power over his plans and desires for you!
Be careful how you wield your veto power. Is it really for your own good to challenge God's will, and to disregard his plans for you? Are you helping, or harming, yourself when you veto God's desires for the way you live?
I love these Bible words from Ephesians chapter two.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (verses 8-10).
This passage reminds us that our God saved us for a purpose. God has precise plans for our lives. He has specific, detailed ideas about what good things he'd like to see happening in your life.
Remember, you can veto God's plans for your life. Or, you can open yourself to the wonderful adventure of seeing God's plans unfold! It's your choice. Make it a clear, sincere goal this month to set your veto power aside, and to learn more about the kind of life God has in mind for you. Read about it in your Bible. Talk about it with your Christian friends. Pray about it daily, and talk it over with the Master Planner. Learn about it in weekly worship, and in adult education classes, at Hope. Say "No" to your veto power!
Pastor Wayne Puls