Not long after the dawn of mankind, the first man, Adam, and his wife, Eve, were deceived into disobeying God. You can follow me on Facebook here – http://www.fb.com/phildrysdaleministries, Hope that helps – SO blessed to hear that you have been enjoying some of the stuff on the site and super encouraged by your kind words! Thank you for addressing this Phil. I was my biggest enemy, I was a puppet to circumstances which yanked and pushed me in different directions. Through loving sacrifice, they can change the world. You may disagree, but please do not attack individuals (including authors). A picture of a God who is so secure in His position and power that He comfortably gave us control knowing we’d screw up. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. The will of God is exclusively and perfectly revealed in Jesus. ~ He Still Moves Stones These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. When we understand what the greatest treasures are, we begin to relax more with the sovereignty of God even in the tiny details of our suffering, because we know they actually come from the hand of God as gifts to take us into the richest diamond mines, to pull out things that will last all through eternity! That “Nothing occurs, either in the earth or in yourselves, without it being in a Book before we make it happen. Why would Jesus tell us that it’s the thief who comes to kill, steal, and destroy? You said “It’s hard to swallow, but the testimony of Scripture is that God uses evil he hates to accomplish his purposes” Yes God uses evil He just doesn’t “cause” evil to happen for the greater good. We do not want God to have control because that’s more scary and requires really, truly trusting God with our lives. God gets far more glory by forgiving the undeserving than if we had always had favor in His sight. Not sure if I posted this correctly, so here it is again: Dan, I don’t know you, so I am going to go ahead and say this: Don’t let a desire to win this argument, perhaps an argument you have engaged in in the past, don’t let that desire keep you from seeing the amazing truth here! I choose everyday to see God’s truth and mercy through what he fully demonstrated by hanging on that cross and the gracious words of love & forgiveness to those who put him there. Your boss is 5. God says “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Notice he doesn’t say for my intent of the greater good, or my administrative choice. He's not in control of abortion. of lies? God did not just decide on the spur of the moment to mention Job to Satan. God knows this. If things are not regulated by God, but merely occur by blind chance, then chance is superior to God. This is very liberating, but it is not easy, and our minds are like that old garden hose that’s been left out in the yard all winter. Don’t decide what God’s will is, based upon what happens to you! Which is all about transformation through the power of his grace & truth. Relax! Excellent article Phil!! Check out this great listen on Audible.ca. Why pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers??? No need to lose hope. Take for example a CEO of a company. That God is micromanaging every step of our lives. Before we examine how this works in our personal lives, let's take a brief look at the lives of some Biblical men and women. Whilst it’s true that currently God’s But we allow and elevate our life experiences and history to define the will of God rather than the standard Jesus set. And he said to follow him. God opened my heart and mind to the reality of his great kindness about 6 yrs ago. “I no longer call you servant, I call you friend.” Education Religion GOD IS NOT IN CONTROL. God will work everything into subjection to the will of Jesus (Yeshua) (Herb 2:8). They had a view that if they die they die – that is God’s will. It is sometimes God’s will that God’s will does not come about. Does God will sin? ‘The Author’ Is Joking! This has become a very popular teaching and I used to say all of the same things, but now after I’ve been through the fire, I no longer agree! The fact is that God works through the sinful acts of men and women to bring good from them. Whether God let it happen, made it happen or it was simply part of living on this cursed earth, people need to be told that God is not surprised by their circumstances. I really needed to know that He wasn’t shocked with the place that I was in. If God is in control, I don’t need to deal with my own sin; God will guide me in the right direction. Do Not Fear - 33 Verses about Fear and Anxiety to Remind Us: God Is in Control Debbie McDaniel Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's Facebook page, … But today many Christians attribute the works of the devil to God. Every time you read “Sovereign God” (288 times to be precise) it actually should read “Lord God”. 1:1-3 NIV says; [1] IN THE PAST God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, [2] BUT IN THESE LAST DAYS HE HAS SPOKEN TO US BY HIS SON, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. This is why Satan could offer Jesus in the wilderness the whole Earth, because the whole Earth was no longer under man’s control but rather it belonged to Satan. I just heard someone on the radio say that with all the crazy things going on, we could rest in the fact that God is in control. Let God be sovereign in your life… But don’t expect Him to micromanage your entire life! And did you know that the Koran also teaches the sovereignty of Allah? He offers us blessing and cursing, life and death. God is not the author of the evil and temptations in this world (James 1:13) but has sent His Son to initiate a movement to overcome these things. Just a thought, the moral will is the will of Jesus (Yeshua) which is always submissive to the sovereign will of the Father. If God were not in control, prayer is a waste of time. They have provided joy and peace that I don’t believe I would ever have found otherwise. wow! 4. God is in control, but His promise of working good out of problems applies to His own children. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God! Never! If God is in control, He could have prevented you from writing and sharing a such article. He designed our bodies, this earth, this incredible universe with billions of galaxies, He’s pretty darn smart. While he is in charge and responsible for a large amount of employees he ultimately isn’t in control of their actions. Once you are flagged 3 times, you will be blacklisted. As I have looked at the book of Job, and especially the first two chapters, some amazing things stand out to me. At the funeral of a young man who died in a mountain … Your email address will not be published. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. Lam 3.33. These brothers and sisters, which the scripture calls “The Church,” are called to continue this work of rescuing all of creation from its sorry condition (Romans 8:16-22). Their suffering had nothing to do with God s will but everything to do with Satan’s will to prevent and discourage them from entering into the promise. You hear that mantra a lot in certain Christian circles. He tells us in Isaiah that he makes the blind and the lame. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. Just like the employer, God is in charge. If He is, doesn't that make Him evil also? So… was God in control when that baby God is in complete control of every molecule in the universe at every moment, and everything that happens is either caused or allowed by Him for His own perfect purposes. God says right there that HE is the one who went after Job to destroy him! "God is not in control, but He is in charge." I don’t say these things merely academically. Alex, I know many people on both sides won’t budge from their view, I’m one of them and maybe you are too but let me just throw a few thoughts out anyway. I am not in any way saying anything to diminish God’s supremacy or position as the ultimate power in this universe (and any other universes there may be). He’s in control even in our fallen world where terrible things happen and people do terrible things. Whether over a tragic death, a lost job, or even a lost presidential election, Christians like to brace themselves with the security that despite the circumstances, “God is in control!”. 4. loved this article!! Or that God “caused” your wife to leave you? That doesn’t mean we follow our own experience which is “the way that seems right to a man.” Fallen human reasoning in Christianity has greatly influenced & twisted this view of God’s sovereignty. God relinquished power in order to give us the freedom to love. "This is not how it should be, This is not how it could be, But this is how it is...And our God is in control. I do not doubt for one moment that God can challenge us to bring good out of suffering and tragedy. The reason why the analogies and comparisons you used don’t work is because the Queen of England and the CEO isn’t omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent on a universal scale. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Before you address issues as these and have the possibility to lead people from the truth look at ALL scriptures on BOTH sides before you address your remarks. Is God in control of everything that happens—even evil things? God did not increase further suffering for the Hebrews, Pharaoh did that. When my son died, God was the first one who cried.”, In a televised discussion between a Christian apologist and an avowed atheist, the Christian was stymied when asked, “If an all-powerful and loving God is in control of what happens in this world, then why is there so much suffering?”. etc., until it robs my freedom and joy that comes from true selfless love in the Holy Spirit. As a morally responsible free person, you can make choices that maximize your safety and minimize your vulnerability against other free people who have chosen evil. The vast majority of suffering mentioned in the New Testament is the result of Christians loving not their lives unto death. This teaching series is based on Jason’s book, God Is (Not) In Control. increasingly in the likeness of Jesus). The good news of the gospel is worth sharing!! Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. Be polite. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 Be strong and courageous. We want to think we have control to feel safe and secure. That’s the kind of perspective that has permeated the church and caused much of it to become fearful & powerless behind the mask of ‘God is in control.’ The promises of God are ALWAYS yes in Christ…period. Thanks Scott for taking the time to respond back. Blog posts will remain open for comments for 5 days. If this is so, they argue, then God is not in control of the universe, but God is very much involved in our daily affairs, all the same. So this amazing truth, as you said that you want me to see, is that all suffering to humanity, down to every detail comes from the loving hands of my loving Father. I believe He did it because He knew Satan would challenge Job’s loyalty, and He knew that he would give Satan certain permissions which Satan actually requested in his challenge! God also knew that Satan would come back and say that Job was only faithful because nothing happened to him physically to cause suffering! Why do you think that Jesus told us to pray that God’s will would be done on Earth as it is in Heaven? If God has given us the freedom to choose whether or not well love him, does that mean he is not in control? Once we understand that God is in control, we must look to His goodness. I have had an 18 wheeler truck hit me, ( thank God, My God was and is with me) We also need to understand the true meaning of words. But his sovereign will is his plan of the ages and it always is accomplished (Right down to every spinning electron!). May 12, 2019. Ok, back on track. God so loved the world that Jesus, the only begotten of God, was sent to deliver the world from all the evil that pervades our planet and deliver each of us from the consequences of sin (John 3:16). And if He isn't in control, doesn't that make Him weak and less than God? If you think this post is something people need to read please give it a share. Notice he says angel but in my mind I would have never thought that would even be possible yet Paul seems to say it’s possible. For example, do you will that your baby be stabbed? It is only because God is in control that “we KNOW all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” There is no chance of Him failing, no chance of the employees upsetting the plan of the CEO (the analogy the article used), because even the rebellion of the employees is part of the script the CEO wrote. God does stuff that is not his will but because he does it, it is his will. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I … His sovereignty means He is over everything, answers to nobody and has responsibility for everything. SOVEREIGN LOVE is a … Do you really think God orchestrated your child’s situation or was that a result of Adams sin that is passed on to all of humanity? I’ve been told that Muslims believe that all that happens was “written” before the foundation of the world, and that we are simply living out God’s pre-ordained script. this article blows out the philosophy that God is in control of everything. He knew exactly what Satan was going to say and challenge him with before God ever brought up the subject of Job. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. Job 1-2 is a prime example how God allowed the devil to do so much but not more. I do have one question, though :) You said something that rung differently for me this time and triggered a question. He is the Sovereign God and sits on the throne. June 30, 2018. That is what the cross is all about. We are both growing in our understanding of the sovereignty of God, blessings on you!! Even His wrath on unbelievers is only a means to the end of glorifying His grace on believers: “What if God, desiring to show His wrath and to make known His power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of His glory for vessels of mercy, which He has prepared beforehand for glory?” (‭Romans‬ ‭9‬:‭22-23‬). The truth is this: although God is not directly responsible for bad things that happen, He is ultimately responsible for everything that happens. Therefore, comments that divert from this goal (ie mutual edification) will not be allowed. It’s absolutly possible if Joseph had not screwed up in his boastful pride to his brothers that God would have found another way to get Joseph to the palace, He is not limited in His ways. In other words our immense suffering and loss, our view of history rather then “His-story,” the standard that Jesus set through the truth he declared. This session is focused on chapter 1. “The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, ‘Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand’” (Isaiah 14:24). Job 2:4 So Satan answered the Lord and said….But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” 6 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.”. If God exercised total control over everything we do, we could not love God because love always requires the lover to freely choose to love. For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Jeremiah 18:1-6 Jeremiah is sent by God to the potter house to watch him as he worked. God is in control of all things: Satan, demons, and every human being and every circumstance. Stream 240 - Wake Up Dead Man: God is Not in Control, part 2 - with Tim Gombis by VOX Podcast with Mike Erre from desktop or your mobile device SoundCloud JavaScript is disabled Yes, God loves us and he is in control, but everything is not OK, and God’s instructions for such a time are quite clear. God is sovereign, yes but that doesn’t mean He’s in control. God Is (Not) In Control! It’s NOT God’s will for any of us to be sick or live in pain. I’m trying to respond here to someone who says, “Well, God doesn’t control everything, but he permits lots of things Christian hope is that God is on his way to his world to redeem it, and we pray that he will come soon to do so. And God knew exactly how He was going to respond. It is hard to swallow, but the testimony of Scripture is that God uses the evil He hates to accomplish His purposes. We welcome your thoughts and discussion to our posts. We know that God is in control of human sin. The Old Testament is pointing to Jesus. Therefore, if God was in absolute control of the May they help you understand that you can face challenges that are out of your control and not act out of control, because GOD IS IN CONTROL. The Bible paints a different picture for us. God is not controlling. (Rev.12) This is the selfless love that Paul and others continually lived in and suffered for by risking their lives for the gospel, for the sake of the love of others. The story I get straight from scripture is that there are evil non-rational principalities and powers that are loose in the world, sometimes working through evil people (Ephesians 2:2) and that God is not the author of the confusion and disorder that come from these destructive powers (1 Corinthians 14:33). Tony Campolo. We need to know that when difficult or inexplicable things occur Take salvation – 2 Peter 3:9 states that “God wills that none would perish but all would come to repentance.”. The idea that God is micro managing the horror story that is occuring around us should be a no brainer. No he’s going to give me himself, more and more clarity and deeper fellowship in the Holy Spirit as I pursue him. God did not create us to be puppets, but in Christ chose to draw us to Himself through an ultimate act of sacrificial love. All that God created was meant to be good, as it says in the opening chapters of the book of Genesis. To take away the sins of the world. My faith is great because He is the author and finisher of my faith and it is not finished yet. Jesus the most ridiculously joy filled person on the planet lived a totally selfLESS life loving his Father and his neighbor as himself. That He is sovereign is not in question. People also reap what they sow. And what is his purpose? Scott, I believe you vastly misinterpret what happened between God and Satan regarding Job. The CEO does not know what’s going to happen to his company tomorrow. He’s in control even when there are things we don’t understand. as part of Gods plan. God is sovereign, and one day when we see how vast he is, we will know more clearly why and how. After Easter we know that the kingdoms of this world will one day become the kingdom of our God, and that He shall reign forever and ever (Revelations 11:15). Of course God is in control. I get your point that God does not necessarily intervene, as he has given us free choice to run our lives and to care for creation, both of which we do very poorly. Why God Is Not in Control. Goodness, if we were to pick out core themes that run through the Bible one of them would surely have to be God’s desire to see people living free from sin and all the bondage that sin puts upon their lives. This video teaches the importance of overcoming fear and worry. This to me describes a God who is infinitely more powerful, not less-so. That’s why Jesus came! We can do everything we can to … Because He has chosen not to be in control of everything. Aug 31, 2013 - God is in control of my life!. His beautiful kindness and goodness has overtaken me because of how I now see and encounter his goodness, it’s everywhere I look. Is there a difference between controlling and being in control? How can God be satisfied if some of those whom Christ died for are not ultimately saved ?. Thank you again. That the OT was only a shadow of the truth about God until Jesus the perfect and final word and will of God showed up to unravel the mystery and declare what the Father really looks like, and this by the way trumps every other perception of God if it does not align with Jesus. He healed “ALL” who came to him over and over again. All is done for His glory (see Isaiah 48:9-11) Sin exists to show His glory in two ways: First, He desires to show His wrath and power (Romans 9:22). Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. ~ Deuteronomy 31:6. This video teaches the importance of overcoming fear and worry. He does not control me, nor does He control men, but ultimately He is in control. Lauren I think that is a great question. - Things never get beyond the control or the reach of God. On that Wednesday in April 1982, my faith was being tested. Circumstances come and go and he will work through them all for my good because his love never fails! God is over you, by you, inside you, around you, underneath you. It is related to one I have had for a long time & just brought it up to the Lord again yesterday. He has the last word in all things and will not allow the devil or man to thwart His plans. I know this truth will eventually settle into the hearts of those most offended by this article, lol. I know, talk about a controversial title for a blog. Have you come across my new book, The Uncontrolling Love of God (IVP Academic)? Discover the best Bible verses that confirm that God is in control. They have provided joy and peace that I don’t believe I would ever have found otherwise. Oh well, thanks so much. I've always been puzzled about this. They birth children called Maybe so & Maybe not. Obviously, you say no, but what if your baby were dying and the only thing that could save its life is in a syringe that needs to be stabbed into it? While God is all powerful and will work all things to good in your life, don’t fall into the trap of believing that He is micromanaging everything in your life. Really? The most senseless and horrific scandal in the history of the universe was when the only loving and righteous and godly Man who has ever lived was brutally beaten and nailed to a cross to die. You properly defined sovereignty, and used excellent scriptural examples to highlight the truth that God is not an insecure puppet master! The end justifies the means. God is He who “will accomplish all of His purpose” (Isaiah 46:10) and “does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth” (‭Daniel‬ ‭4‬:‭35‬). I too believe that suffering and trials in this life will be used to fashion and mold me into the beautiful bride he has destined me and all his children to become, And that God indeed will work all things (not cause all things) together for my good because I love him & have been called according to his purpose. And if God doesn’t will them to die then he will protect them. Why did he put that kind of power in our tongue? Why would we fight against the wiles and evil schemes of the devil if God is controlling everything? God’s love creates the possibility of freedom and freedom means there are real choices. I don’t talk about these things merely academically. But God does not cause the evil. [3] The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word….”. The idea of a God having absolute control is a Greco-Roman way of thinking. Far to often we find ourselves in the situations we are because we were metaphorically driving around recklessly saying Insha’Allah instead of just putting on our seat belts and stopping at red lights. Jesus is coming back and the good work that He does in us and through us will be completed on the day of His coming (Philippians 1:6). Smart enough to work out the problems we face without causing the evil we encounter to happen as we fully trust and lean upon Him, and not blame Him. Unless it’s about me and my rights (opposite of selfless love ) then I’m an open target for the enemy and for getting offended at others, discouragement, depression, fear, unbelief. But I do get what you’re saying when I think of, He is made strong in our weakness (we come to a revaluation of His strength), perfect in our imperfections etc. Many wouldn’t even wear seat belts (or even make their kids wear seat belts!) In Christ, we find a God who deliberately gave up power to control everything in order to save the world through sacrificial love (Philippians 2). The Hebrew does not mean sovereign and that was a translator’s decision. This is why Satan could offer Jesus in the wilderness the whole Earth, because the whole Earth was no longer under man’s control but rather it belonged to Satan. We need to hear that God is still in control. Here are eight Bible verses that remind us God is in control. He could do this because He is so good at working things out for good and seeing His overall purposes come to pass. I am absolutely convinced the reason for this perspective is because we have based truth as we understand it, upon our life experiences or lack thereof. I could go on, but I think that’s enough. Paul, was not allowed to speak the word in Asia and the Spirit did not allow him to go to Bithynia (Acts 16:6-7) because He had other plans. This view of “if it doesn’t happen then it’s not God’s will” or “if it does happen it is God’s will” is really scary though. We need to hear that life’s mishaps and tragedies are not a reason to bail out. God’s Eternal Plan One of our problems with the sovereignty of God is that it frequently does not appear that God is in control of the circumstances of our lives. Home/Education/ GOD IS NOT IN CONTROL. 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