IS GOD IN CONTROL?
by paul hoffmaster
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IS GOD IN CONTROL?
Does God give the final okay to the events that influence our lives? Is God in control of every aspect of human nature as well as “mother nature?” To make responses to such statements that could be interpreted to be negative would border on blasphemy and spiritual treason. Yet these are questions that many Believers are thinking in the closets of their minds. Does God release the winds, fires, quakes, and storms to do whatever nature determines? Did God have a role in Katrina and Sandy? What about Columbine and Sandy Hook? Is sin free to express itself whenever and where ever it chooses? Before you hit the delete button, let us see what our Contract (Bible) with God has to say. Lamentations 3:37-38 says, “Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not evil and good?” Amos 3:6b “…if calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it?” Job 2:10b “…shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” Immediately the armchair theologians proclaim that these Scriptures and those of similar nature were under the Law. To even suggest that God is responsible for evil and its consequences is to commit another “unpardonable sin.”
What the inspired and anointed writers of the Scriptures were saying, is that GOD IS SOVEREIGN. There is nothing that escapes His notice and knowledge. There is nothing that goes on that God does not know and allow. Satan can do nothing until God allows it. Satan was not allowed to touch Job until God gave him permission. (Job. 2) The Jewish leadership and the Roman executioners could not crucify Jesus without God’s permission. God predetermined and planned for the sacrifice of His Son. (Acts 4:27-28) God foreordained the rejection of Jesus by the Jews so that the Gentiles would have the opportunity to be part of His family. (Rom 11:25) Nothing is too great or too small to escape God’s notice. (Matt. 10:29) David proclaims the greatness of God and His power over the elements. (Ps. 135:5-7) Jesus calmed the sea with His Word causing His disciples to proclaim, “What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?” (Matt. 8:26-27) From Genesis through Revelation God is always in control. Nothing happens on this orbiting planet without God being privy to it.
Why does God allow calamity and tragedy in the world? Why does nature seem to be out of control? If God is Sovereign why doesn’t He exercise His Sovereignty? HE DOES! When man chose to reject Him and worship the creation more than the Creator, “God gave them up to uncleanness and vile affections.” (Rom 1: 24,26) God gave man a choice to either follow Him or not. With His great Sovereignty He left man to fend for himself. The created joined the ranks of the rebellious and proceeded to seek and destroy all that was good. The works of the flesh (Gal. 5: 19- 21) dominated man, while the fruit of the spirit lay dormant. Where was God when gun fire wiped out innocent lives? The same place He was when His Son hung on the cross and cried out, “Why hast Thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46) There in Heaven, the all knowing Sovereign God watched the execution of His Son.
How tragic that the world blames God for the bad things that happen in life. How sad it is that the world thinks God is to be blamed for all the tragedies that happen, when in reality, it is man himself that has reaped what he has sowed. God, in His Sovereign love, has given man a choice to acknowledge or deny Him. He knows what is going to happen no matter which man chooses. Man must stop blaming God for the disasters and instead see God as a loving God who gives man permission to do what he wants, even if it is disastrous. It will not always be this way. If you read the back of the Book, you will see that one of these days God will say, “That is enough,” and will exercise His final authority as the Sovereign God that He is!!
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