The life of the world, the life of nations and communities and the life of individuals are characterized by ongoing conflict. The First Testament gospel sees in that a frustrating of God’s creative purpose. God won a victory at the Beginning. Things were not meant to be this way. They came to be that way through the course of events. But having determined to achieve something, and having determined to overcome forces of disorder, God stays involved with this story. [Emphasis mine]
John Goldingay, Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Gospel, vol. 1 (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003), 74.
The world had not gone the way God would have liked. The story has many twists and turns, disappointments and discouragements. God could have given up on us. Yet he decided to stay involved and to tweak his plan (often) to counteract our bad decisions and actions.
I want to live a life of cooperation with God. That is the key, I think.