Monday, September 28, 2015

God Is Not In Control

If the title of this blog post churned your stomach, good.

I'll say it again, God is not in control.

When people hear this phrase I would say that the general immediate response is, "Blasphemy! Who are you to speak such words?!" I can imagine the voice in one's head yelling that passionately. But if you stop to really think about those words God is not in control, I think you will begin to understand and agree.

I have discovered a passion that I have, and it is making people think about and rethink what they believe. I feel that we as people generally become stagnant and start to lose our passions as we grow older. Events and life circumstances tend to distract us from what really matters, Christ. I am guilty of succumbing to these distractions as well as most people. Yet, sometimes I regain strength when I take time to stop and meditate.

So, meditate on those words God is not in control. What passions does that stir inside? What feelings do those words conjure up? Do you scoff at them and immediately dismiss them?

You may be thinking, "Okay you've said it enough, now get to your point." Let me give you the rest of the statement.

God is not in control because if He was, I would not be able to make that statement.

If you didn't get it, please read the above sentence^^ one more time, and slowly.

For those of you who don't know me very well, I will say that I am a believer in the resurrected Son of God, Jesus Christ, who died once to forgive the sins and save all who choose to believe in Him.

So how then, if I am a believer, can I say that God is not in control? Simple. If God my Father were in control there would not be a "refugee crisis" going on right now. If God was in control, you would never have been overcome by temptation to commit your most recent sin. If God were in control sickness of any kind would never be an issue. The list goes on.

When we say that God is in control, we are making a very bold and confusing statement to non-believers or those who are struggle in their faith. In what we call the present, Satan has power on the earth. He is the thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and he will do whatever it takes to distract us and pull us away from God. I believe the words God is in control are ignorant and blinding to the truth and love of God. 

Those words can be easily destructive because Satan is doing all kinds of evil trying to make us blame God for things gone wrong. All disease is from Satan. All hatred towards others is from Satan. Where is the hope for someone who is going through trials, has an affliction, or has lost a loved one and hears the words God is in control? If God is in control, why the suffering? Why the pain? Why the hatred towards others?

I give the hopeful words that God is not in control. Satan still has power to steal, kill, and destroy. Wait, what? How are those words at all hopeful? Because we know that on that final day, when Jesus comes again, God will be in control! After that day there will be no more sickness, no more pain, no more hatred for those who believe in Jesus Christ, the hope of glory. We know that on the day God is in control, we will no longer have to struggle with sinful thoughts or desires. We know that when God is in control, we won't have to worry about where our next meal will come from or where the money for our next bill will come from. On that day, when God is in control, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! So please, think a little more about your stereotypical "Christian" phrases before you say something that may slowly decay and poison someone's faith.

Now, don't think that because God is not in control that there is no hope for the present as well. We are told by Jesus to ask and receive and about how much our Father gives good gifts to those who ask. We are told to knock and the door will be opened to us and to seek and we will find. There are many times that each of these have come true for me in my life, and I believe that it will happen again. I also believe this can and will happen to anyone who asks and believes.

Our Father may not be in control right now, but He is omnipotent and is able to do anything He pleases. Because I know He loves us, I know He will support us in the fight against Satan until Christ comes again to reign.


For those of you that are like me and would like to see where this mindset comes from in scripture, here are a few verses that will back up what I have said:

Satan is on the earth here with us still.

"The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”" -Job 1:7

"On another day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”" -Job 2:1-2

"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings." -1 Peter 5:8-9

Satan has supernatural power on this earth to try and blind and keep us from the Father.
"We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one." -1 John 5:19

"Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ -Matthew 4:8-10

"I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me." -John 14:30-31

The Father giving good gifts.
"“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."" -Matthew 7:7-8 

"If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"  -Matthew 7:11
Please feel free to ask questions or make a comment below, or give another blog topic for me to consider. Thanks for reading I hope this has blessed you in some way!