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I love the emails I get from my readers, and from them I get a pretty good cross-section of typical beliefs. One phrase that keeps popping up as we talk about current events is, "We know who is really in control." What people usually mean is that they don't worry about the future because God is in control.
That feeling seems pretty universal among conservative Christians, but I'd like you to think about it – really think. When God created the worlds and man, he put his greatest creation, man, in charge of the earth to maintain it, protect it, inhabit it and govern it. He gave man a free will. We can will to sin or we can will to not sin -- it's our choice. As a result, we are in control, although 1 John 5:19 says. "We know that we are the children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one." If you look at the world around us, that's easy to see.
Our obligation, as Christian individuals, is to be under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It's obvious that more of the world's people are under the control of Satan than are under the control of the Holy Spirit. That confirms the truth of 1 John 5:19.
So then where do we find a Scripture that states that God is in control of all things like a puppeteer manages his puppet. If God controls all things instead of giving us free will, how do you account for the atrocities of men like Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, etc., just in our time, let alone all through history. Tell the millions of Jews killed by Hitler that God is in complete control. Tell the mother of a still-born child (like my brother) that God is in complete control. Tell all the people who were killed in the New Orlean’s floods that God is in control. Tell the families of the 9-11 Twin Tower tragedy that God is in control. Tell the families of the 13 killed at Ft. Hood that God is in control. If you understand what I’m trying to tell you, then you won’t always be saying, “Why did God let this happen?”
Don’t blame God for every bad thing that happens.
Mercedes Benz is arguably one of the best cars in the world, and yet they have service departments. Why? Because things can go wrong. Mothers may have
deformed babies, others may have cancer, and others may have brain abnormalities. Why? Because things can go wrong. Don’t just say it’s God’s will – that’s blaming it on God. Don’t do that.
I am in no way trying to weaken your faith. To the contrary, I’m trying my best to get you to think so you can strengthen your faith. I want you to know that God wants us to be faithful to Him by being under the guidance of His Holy Spirit. That's where control takes place. We have a tendency to believe every panacea created by some preacher to be solid Scriptural truth when it may not be. A lot of it may be wishful thinking and in some cases a copout.
Have you ever even thought about this? Do you ever really think through your faith backed up by what you read in Scripture? Do you ever really question what you hear and then search the Scriptures to see if it is true? The world's only hope is faith in Christ, and God gave us the responsibility to take that message to the world. How are we doing?
Don't throw up your hands and say, “I'm not worried about it, I know who is in control.” God left you in control, so what are you going to do about it at the next election? That’s our chance to influence our world for good.
The word sovereign in relation to God does not appear in the KJV (Lord in KJV), but in newer versions, it appears almost 300 times. It is almost always used in reference to man pleading to his Sovereign God for help, and that is our privilege. God listens to our pleas and answers our prayers. The word sovereign is used as an adjective. As an adjective it means superlative in quality; excellent; of the most exalted kind. I didn’t find any verse that states the Sovereign God is in total control of all things. Don’t miss this, He could be – He has the power, but he left us in charge with our free will to manage the world under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Again I ask, how are we doing? Have I gotten you to think?