God Is in Control

Among some of the familiar Christian expressions is, “God is in control.” However I put it to you --it is more than just an expression or words. Therefore, I will attempt to explain this expression and its significance for today.

A Sense of Assurance

From a biblical perspective, there are several passages that bear the message, “God is in control.” Among them is Psalm 11:4 where David establishes this theme. According to the Message translation, it reads, “He’s in charge, as always, His eyes taking everything in, His eyelids, unblinking, examining Adam’s unruly brood inside and out, not missing a thing.” Additionally, I read in Psalm 22:28, “For the kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations (NKJV). Considering the backdrop of each text, one will read of opposition, impending calamity, emotional distress, frustration and a sense of doubt. Without questions, these are issues that we face today; and therefore the relevance of the words, “God is in control.” Put another way it can be said that, “nothing happens by chance” in the life of a sincere follower of God. Isn’t that comforting?

God Is Constant

At times, there is a tendency to feel that God has distanced Himself, especially when we determine that we need Him now and there is not the apparent response we seek. But does God do that? The Bible reminds us in Matt. 28:20, “Lo I am with you always.” God is not one to isolate Himself. Oh no! He stays with us. It is just that the pressures of life weigh heavily on all sides, and if not careful, we begin to doubt His many promises to us. Consider Psalm 22:1&2, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning? 2. O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent (NKJV). However, later in the Psalm, the Psalmist regains his confidence in God, for God never changes. He is the same God-- always constant in His love and regard for us, never wavering, but we sometimes forget and as such doubt. Nevertheless, in the words of Walt Allmand, “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your beliefs.”

What Is the Issue?

Given the fact that God is in control and that He is in His sanctuary, and that He watches over us, never sleeping and always alert, why do we worry and become so troubled? Could it be that we are too busy to pray? I am not referring to the norm, but I’m speaking of being tuned in to God and listening to Him so that we understand His purposes for our lives.

Many are the cares and concerns that come our way within and outside of the church, testing us severely. False accusation, unfair criticism, and not to mention financial, marital and other issues, all test us to our very core. Unfortunately, these tend to pull us away from thinking about God, as the nature of such problems tends to overwhelm us. However, we must remember that our God is bigger than any problem that might confront us now or later; and the key to a calm spirit is to keep our focus on Him, no matter how bad situations may be or appear. We must remember always that while situations all around are spiraling out of control, God is in control! He is in His Holy Temple. He is within reach, and as one writer said, “He is only a prayer away.” He is in Control! Praise the Lord!