Is God In Control? I feel like I’ve asked myself that question multiple times today. At the time of this writing, our country is divided, the Afghanistan government has fallen to the Taliban, and we are on week 70 or so to flatten the curve. (I hate Covid, but I haven’t met anybody who does).
God is always in control, however, our expectations are not under his control and that is where we get ourselves into trouble. Many times when I question God, I find that my desires are the main source of confusion.
Hypothetical Question. Many people believe the pain in the world is a direct reason why God doesn’t exist. So let’s pretend that is true, and God doesn’t exist for a minute, why hasn’t world hunger been stopped? Why are people still enslaved? Why is all this pain in the world?
Because we aren’t doing anything to fix it.
God’s existence has no bearing on whether we help those in pain or not, instead, we own the guilt when we don’t act.
God Is In Control, But We Don’t See The Big Picture:
I wrote about the big picture in another blog post about the topic of Jesus being the way. In our small world view, we think Jesus saying he’s the way makes him sound full of himself.
In reality, we don’t see what’s going on.
Man has sinned.
We’ve damaged the universe through our sin.
Everything including us will eventually die.
Then we’ve got Jesus coming here to save us. It’s like we’re on a sinking ship, and Jesus has come to rescue us, he’s begging us to jump aboard, he’s the only way off.
And he’s telling us nobody else is coming.
A sobering thought isn’t it? He’s the only one who’s coming to rescue us, and he’s the only one who loves us enough to do it.
The Things We Worry About Are Part Of A Smaller Picture
I’m not saying your worries are meaningless here. What I’m saying is they’re all short-term. How often do you lay awake at night worrying about something that won’t matter 3 months from now?
In 150 years none of your worries are going to matter, and in 200-300 years, you’ll be lucky if people remember your name.
I don’t say that to depress you, I say that to remind you, that Jesus will always remember your name, and if you follow him you’ll be right next to him.
If God Is In Control Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?
I stepped into this a little bit already, and this is going to be difficult to answer. Mostly because I’m trying to shrink down God’s actions which I don’t understand half the time anyway.
However, I believe there are a few good truths we can hold onto that will answer this question.
- Bad things happen because we have sinned.
- Humans have the power to change any of the issues we face. Sometimes we choose not to fix our problems.
- God uses pain to bring us closer to him.
Bad Things Happen Because We Have Sinned:
When God first created us, he placed us in a paradise. It was called the Garden of Eden. However Adam and Eve (the first man and woman) were tricked by an evil serpent, and they disobeyed God.
Since that time evil has entered the world, and bad things happen.
The bible even says the rain falls on the just and the unjust.
Keep in mind God doesn’t send the evil, while he does have the power to vanquish it, that won’t change us. We made a deal with evil, and until Jesus came and died, there was no hope for us.
Bad things happen because we live in a broken world, and yes God could fix it all. But that won’t help us. In the long run, we need to learn from our mistakes and trust in God.
Humans Have The Power To Change Many Of The Issues We Face
There are some days when I wonder if I’ll lose faith in humanity. I honestly believe the world can create enough food for everyone right now. Nobody has to starve, but mankind won’t come together and make it happen.
That’s the macrocosm of everything. I know we can’t be perfect and make a utopia, but know we could make things better in this world. For some reason, we don’t.
God Uses Pain To Bring Us Closer To Him
A better title would be that God allows us to feel pain, so we’ll trust in him. If life was still a paradise and we’d sinned, why would that matter?
God can’t be around sin, it’s repulsive to him, and yet for some reason, he loves us.
Look at the story of Lazarus in John 11. Jesus saw the pain people were in, and he cried. Except I don’t think it was a cry about his friend’s death. Instead, he saw the sadness of the people, and it moved him.
Pain will draw you closer to God if you let it, open up to him and tell him how you feel? You’ll be amazed at what happens.
Stop Worrying And Believe God Is In Control
This is the hard part, and it’ll take a little bit of practice for you to accomplish it.
- Stop watching the news so much. It’s only gonna make you despair.
- Read your bible and spend some time in worship.
- Find some good friends are your church that are following Jesus.
If you follow these 3 sentences above, you’ll find less worry and more joy. God is in control, it’s just hard to see when you’re in the valley.
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