Do you believe that God is all powerful, all knowing, all seeing, and everywhere at once? Yes, I believe that God is all that. God is OMNIPOTENT. God is OMNIPRESENT. God is OMNISCIENT. We do have freedom of choice HOWEVER God already knows what we will choose. He knows His children, His creations. I know my children yet they have free choice, so if I sit a bowl of chocolate ice cream, and a bowl of fresh strawberries in front of my child, depending on which child it is, I know what she/he will choose even though they have the free will to choose either one.
God has a perfect will. He has things in mind for us, His perfect will for our lives. But He also made provision for when we deviate from the path He has chosen and when we do things our own way, of our own free will. For those times He also has a permissive will. The things we choose, that He allows or permits are part of His permissive will.
God is all knowing so he knew about slavery. I am sure that did not surprise Him at all. I do not know if that was His plan or not but I know that it was a blight, an abomination, a travesty for ALL the races involved. (Not only Blacks were slaves, there were Jewish slaves, Indian slaves, and others). BUT I DO KNOW that God can and will use all things that are meant for evil, for the good of those who love Him. Romans 8:28 says so!
Where would I be, where would you be, if it were not for slavery? Is it so hard to fathom that God had to set things in motion on a certain path to bring about a certain outcome? Is it so hard to fathom that God knew and made provisions? Would I be in some small, impoverished village, weaving baskets, hauling water trying to feed my family? Is it too much of a stretch to think that you are where you are supposed to be? For whatever reason you are where God wants you. God knows the plan, and who are we to question it? God said in Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. When I think about slavery, I think about it in a more personal way. Without my ancestors having gone through the hell they lived through, I would not be here today living this life, going to school for a degree, online, writing/blogging about my life, able to openly and freely worship God, enjoying seeing my children educated, and prospering in a land of opportunities, and freedoms that we would not have otherwise. (**Side note** Now, that YOU have this freedom, time, space, and opportunity WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH IT?)
of course some people are STILL slave minded.... But that is a blog post for another day...
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