Is God in control?
Is God in control?
As we continue to discuss trusting God when life hurts we need to realize who is in control. I know that this is a difficult subject because we do not like to admit that we are not in control. I will tell you a story that I read several years ago and it emphasizes the point that we must be prepared for the unexpected. I know that you have experienced situations in your life that were totally unexpected.
This is a story about Marty the parakeet who loved to sing. Marty was peacefully perched in his cage singing one day. When the lady of the house decided it was time to clean Marty’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She stuck the nozzle and to suck up the seeds and feathers in the bottom of Marty’s cage. No sooner had she started to clean the cage than her telephone rang. She instinctively turned to pick up the phone. She had hardly said hello when – sswwwwwwwpppppppp! Marty was sucked into the vacuum cleaner. She screamed, let the phone drop, and turned off the vacuum cleaner. With her heart in her throat, she unzipped the vacuum cleaner bag. There was poor Marty – alive, stunned, and covered with dust and dirt. She grabbed Marty and rushed to the bathtub, turned on the faucet full blast and held Marty under a torrent of ice cold water, power washing Marty clean. So she did what any compassionate pet owner would do: she snatched up the hairdryer and blasted the wet, shivering little bird with hot air. Marty doesn’t sing much anymore.
This is a fundamental principle of life in our walk of faith that we must always be prepared for the unexpected.
God states many times in His word that He is in control and He cares deeply about each of us. In Matthew 10:29 Jesus said “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.” God is deeply concerned about each sparrow on this earth. In John 19:11 (ESV) 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” In this statement Jesus affirms God’s control over events of this world. Paul states in Romans 9:16-18 that Pharaoh was raised up for a special purpose, that God displayed His power that His name might be glorified on this earth. And in doing so God shows His mercy on whom He wants to show mercy and in particular He hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that God’s glory might be displayed.
And we see God’s sovereignty mentioned in such Scriptures as Romans 13:3; Acts 4:27; Acts 17:28; Ephesians 1:11. In each of the Scriptures we see the declaration that God is in control.
In 1 John 4:4 John tells us that we are from God because the one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world. John is telling us that God is more powerful than Satan.
Psalm 147:4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. In this particular passage we see God’s power in nature and this power is presented as a pledge of His power to help His people. That power is put forth for the good of the meek and suffering and to confuse the wicked as stated in Psalms 146:8, 9. God is concerned about every detail.
Do you feel that God is in control?
Do you feel that God is in control of your life?