Is God a micromanager?

This funny cartoon reminds me of how many see God as a sovereign micromanager who observes and controls the actions of human beings. In response to this perception believers often give Him thanks for blessings and non-believers credit him with things that hurt people. I guess I do not see things that way.

My view is that God has a different style of management and sovereignty. When I think about the word sovereignty I see a pyramid where God has delegated sovereignty to nations, to communities, to families and finally to the individual. Both groups of peoples and people themselves exercise an incredible amount of sovereignty in the world. Small wonder, with this amount of micro level sovereignty, that the world is not worse than it is. Perhaps that speaks to the overarching (macro) level of sovereignty that God exerts as He brings beauty from ashes and works all things together for our good?

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