Looking at the world through human eyes, it's hard to tell who is really in control. Many people, figuratively speaking, close their eyes at night and hold their breath, hoping they live to see the morning light. They never know what the morning headlines will tell them. That's how the world looks at life— unable to determine who is in control. However, Christians look at the world differently.
We Christians have a reason to sleep soundly and peacefully at night. We are able to greet each new day with confidence rather than cowardice, with faith rather than fear, with trust rather than trembling. How is that possible? Because we know that God is in control. Everything that happens in this world is but a sentence in a paragraph on a page in a chapter of God's redemptive story. It's the reason the prophet Isaiah quoted these words of God in Isaiah 46:9-11:
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, (10) Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: (11) Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.”
When it comes to knowing who is in control, remember:
God is eternal. The Psalms say that God is "from everlasting to everlasting." God is surprised by nothing; He sees all of eternity at once (Psalm 90:2; 93:2; 102:27).
God is sovereign. Using the language of poetry, Isaiah notes that humanity is like grass when compared to the awesome reality of God (Isaiah 40:6-8). Every human decision is subject to the sovereign will of God (James 4:13-17).
God is mindful and merciful. God does not turn away from the problems of His creation. He is mindful of them all and merciful (Psalm 103:13-17), working all things for His purposes (Romans 8:28-29).
God has a plan. God's relation to humanity is like a potter to his clay. He lovingly and righteously shapes human history for His glory (Jeremiah 18:1-10; Romans 9:21).
God is everywhere present. There is no crisis, eruption, calamity, or need that occurs outside of God's awareness. He is intimately present to them all (Psalm 139:7-16).
God is unchanging. God has one never-changing story: the story of redemption. The world is not "on track" one day and "out of control" the next. Because God never changes (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17), the story never changes.
God is wise. God never labors to decide how to solve a world crisis because "His understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:4-6).
We live in a world cursed by sin, a world longing for God's redemption (Romans 8:18-25). But it is also a world certain to be redeemed according to God's timetable. He is in control. He does "all things according to the counsel of His will" (Ephesians 1:11). In Psalm 18:30 we read, "As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.”
In His Amazing Grace,
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