Is God in Control?

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28.

If God isn’t in control we would all be in big trouble!  If God isn’t in control of something, then who is?  God’s Word makes it clear that He is in control.  A lot of things are out of our control, but all things are in God’s control.

The sovereignty of God means that God is in control because He alone is God; He is the Creator of the universe.  His sovereignty is best seen in His acts of creation, and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Because God is sovereign that gives us a lot of confidence as we place our trust in Him.  If God wasn’t in control then we wouldn’t be able to trust Him.  God’s sovereignty scares a lot of people.  God is too big for them.  We’re comfortable with a god we can control.  Some people want God to be anywhere except on His throne.  We fight for control, so we often try to sit on God’s throne.  It’s the oldest sin in the Book.

In times of trials we can trust God because He is sovereign!  His love is perfect.  His wisdom is infinite, and His power is unlimited.  When things go wrong, when things are unexplainable, when relationships are broken, when the world is a mess, when you’re tempted to worry, you can relax knowing God is still on His throne.

God can even take the bad events of life to accomplish His purpose.  God never makes mistakes, and He always knows what’s best for us.  So in His providential care He is working for our earthly and heavenly benefit.  But God isn’t working to make us “happy,” He’s working to bring about His perfect will.

Keep in mind that God works for the good of those who “love Him, those who are the called according to His purpose.”  This refers to those who are born again, His adopted children, those who have repented of their sins and placed their trust in Jesus.

Our trust is in God, the ruler of the universe.  Our trust is not in ourselves, or money or anything this world offers.  Even in times of persecution or pain we can trust God because He doesn’t waver like the waves of the sea.  God never changes, and God never leaves us nor forsakes us.

We may not understand certain things, but that doesn’t mean God has lost control.  Our limited mind cannot possibly comprehend the inexhaustible mind of God.  Jerry Bridges said, “We must learn to trust when we don’t understand.”

Our faith in God’s sovereignty is not a “blind, wishful thinking” kind of faith.  Our faith is reasonable.  An evolutionary worldview is a blind faith.  Their faith is in a fairy tale.  God keeps His Word, and He has given us the Word to strengthen our faith.

Our faith is based on the absolute authority of God’s Word.  And God doesn’t look the other way when we experience pain.  He’s still in control.  Proverbs 21:30 says, “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.”

In the book of Esther, the name of God is never mentioned, yet we clearly see His sovereign hand working behind the scenes for the good of His people.  I don’t believe in accidents.  I don’t believe in “karma.”  I don’t believe that everything came from nothing all by itself over billions of years.  And I don’t believe that God is out to lunch when we experience pain.  I believe Almighty God does what He pleases, and that always works for our good and His glory!

Isaiah 14:27 says, “For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart Him?  His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?”  His purpose is not only perfect, but He also has the power to carry out His plans.

What this means is the next time adversity comes your way, know that God isn’t surprised by it.  He allowed it for a reason and in most cases that reason is to make you and I more like His Son.  Rom. 8:29 says, “For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son.”  God has the ability to accomplish His plans for your life.

When adversity hits we often first try to get relief from the heartache, but God wants us to first trust Him and glorify Him.  Why?  Because He’s in control!  He has promised us that His grace is sufficient in our times of weakness.  I can’t, but He can!

When we are hurting, knowing that God is still on His throne is such a comfort, but it’s also a comfort to know that we can “cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us.” (1 Peter 5:7).  We can give God our cares because we know that He knows what He’s doing.

So, we can all rest well tonight.  Jesus is still on His throne!  Go serve your King with confidence!

About Pastor Douglas Graham

Dr. Douglas Graham started MadeToFish in 2007. MadeToFish is about "Growing and helping others grow in the Gospel." Doug is the Pastor of Cedarville Nazarene Church. Our church website is:
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