I love books. Books allow us to enter the hearts and minds of others with different experiences in different times and think our own thoughts through theirs. Sometimes we find words that we’ve felt but could not describe; other times we’re faced with thoughts we’ve never thought before.
I’ve been reading The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink (1886-1952), and the book is giving me a lot to think about. Pink speaks with the royal, editorial “we,” which is always a good time. But he is also diving deep into the nature of God as revealed within the Bible and painting a portrait of the way man respond to this sort of revelation.
Here’s one section I’ve been wrestling with:
“What is the human Will? Is it a self-determining agent, or is it, in turn, determined by something else? Is it sovereign or servant? Is the will superior to every other faculty of our being so that it governs them, or is it moved by their impulses and subject to their pleasure? Does the will rule the mind, or the mind control the will? Is the will free to do as it pleases, or is it under the necessity of rending obedience to something outside of itself.”
He goes on to say:
“The will is the faculty of choice, the immediate cause of all action…In every act of will, there is preference—the desiring of one thing rather than another…To will is to choose, and to choose is to decide between alternatives. But there is something which influences the choice; something which determines the decision.”
Ultimately, Pink says it is the heart which is at the core of humans and that the heart is inclined towards good or evil. This inclination, or tendency, drives the impulse which guides the will in choosing what it chooses. He builds on the notion that the will is bound, either by sin, or by righteousness.
So what do you think about all this? And should we care?