Tuesday, September 11, 2018
God is Still in Control
I have been reminded today, yet again, that God is in control.
All of us have something in our lives that we can't control. Today is the anniversary of 9/11... a horrible evil. Maybe you were impacted by 9/11 and today you're reminded of the pain. For some of you, you're dealing with a loss of a close friend or family member. Maybe you're really struggling inside. Maybe you feel burdened for a friend. Maybe you or one of your parents lost their job and you're struggling to make ends meet. For me, Hurricane Florence is heading towards where I live. My family is among those who have chosen to evacuate.
We can't control any of those situations.
I had another post ready for today, but instead I want to share with you something from my heart.
I wouldn't exactly say I'm a control freak, but I do like to know what's going to happen. However, in the world we live today uncertainty is often a constant companion. I'm not sure what's going to happen next. In my case, the hurricane could cause devastation in a city that I love. God may choose to intervene, but even if He doesn't I know that He can use this situation for good.
God can use anything for good. No matter what happens He can use it for good.
On January 8, 1956, five missionaries in Ecuador - Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian - were killed. They just wanted to reach people for Jesus. Yes, that was tragic, but God used it for good. Many of the people they tried to reach out to later became believers - including some who killed them.
That is just one example of how God can use something for His good.
To be honest, if everything was in our control our world would be in chaos (more chaos than it's in now) so thank God that He's the One in control.
I just mentioned that God can use anything for His good... but that doesn't mean it will necessarily be the way we want it. We can picture the perfect way God can use a situation for His glory but when we do that we're putting Him in a box. Our God has no boundaries, no limitations and His way is better than ours. Maybe things don't go the way we want them to go... but God can still use it for His glory.
When we try to take control of what we can't control, the only thing we'll succeed in is worrying. And worrying gets no one anywhere. As I type that I have to confess that I am concerned for those who will be impacted by Hurricane Florence, but at the same time I'm trying to give it to God.
We shouldn't undermine the circumstances, but we need to trust Him with the results.
While I was riding in our car today I read my Bible. I've been reading through the book of Jeremiah recently and a couple of passages stuck out to me.
Jeremiah 9:23-24, "The wise man must not boast in his wisdom; the strong man must not boast in his strength; the wealthy man must not boast in his wealth. But the one who boasts should boast in this, that he understands and knows Me— that I am Yahweh, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things. This is the Lord’s declaration."
Our strength is weak, our wisdom is foolish, our wealth can be meaningless... But God is strong, He is wise, and He has everything we need.
Jeremiah 10:12-13, "He made the earth by His power, established the world by His wisdom, and spread out the heavens by His understanding. When He thunders, the waters in the heavens are in turmoil, and He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain and brings the wind from His storehouses."
God has created everything, therefore He has control over everything.
But sometimes we think about everything that's wrong in the world and we get frustrated at God, wondering why He doesn't intervene. But God doesn't think like us, He doesn't do things according to what we think is right.
As Isaiah 55:8-9 puts it, "'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.'
This is the Lord’s declaration. 'For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.'"
God knows what's best, He knows what's going to happen. I hate worrying, I hate the feeling of it and I know it gets me nowhere. I'm struggling right now not to worry about the hurricane, however worrying won't help anything.
Prayer is great. I think I've prayed more in the past 24 hours than I have in one day in a while. I think we often take prayer for granted - I know that I do. But we are talking to God, King of the World, Creator of the Universe and He hears every word we utter. That's mind blowing. I've been praying about random things, like I always do, I've been praying for safety and protection for those who need it, I've been praying for God to use this for His glory, and I've been praying for Him to help me accept His will no matter what.
I'm not sure what's going to happen. This hurricane could dissolve out at sea, it could become a lower category by time it hits land ... but no matter what happens God is still in control. And He can use anything for His glory.
I've shared some of what's been on my heart today, about what's been going on in my life and I don't know what's been going on in your life. No matter what's going on in your life, I want to encourage you to turn to Jesus. I'm not saying He will make everything go great in your life, I'm not saying He will totally change your circumstances. What I'm saying is that He knows best and He can use whatever you're going through for His honor and glory.
Just remember, God is in control.
What have you been going through recently? What's God been showing you? Is there a chance you'll be impacted by Hurricane Florence? Did you have a loss in 9/11? What is a scripture that is of comfort to you in times of trouble?
Psalm 46:1-3, "God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with its turmoil."