Just read a post by Timothy Reconceiving Faith & Works in Paul. It’s not a long post but needs some digesting – it is worth it! He writes:
“The assumption is that any and all human acting gets in the way of God’s saving action in human affairs, minimizing God’s stage presence to whatever extent…There is human action that invites and allows God to act and that puts God on display. And there is human action that manipulates results, seeks to force God’s hand, and ends up eclipsing God’s presence and action. Paul is not nearly as allergic to human action as are many evangelicals, shaped as we are by a mixture of our Reformation heritage and divided-up conceptions of the individual.”
I suggest the over-systemising of Scripture (plus other philosophical influences) have diminished the Church’s (and especially some segments of evangelicalism) ability to live with the Scriptural tension of divine and human actions. And attempts to uphold this tension are sometimes/often(?) met with cries of diminishing God’s glory in His sovereignty.
One of the many wonders of our great God is that He has not created us as robots and yet His sovereignty is never diminished. And the Apostle Paul’s heart overflows with praise:
Rom 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.