Is God still in control of this world, or has He forgotten to take care of us? Looking at the headlines today without a God-centered worldview certainly gives off that impression, doesn’t it? Terrorist attacks in Europe remind us that no one is truly safe anymore. ISIS continues its missions of demonic terror and torture that blatantly defy the tenants of both Islam and common sense. NASA is predicted “Mega-Droughts” for America’s West that will last for decades, while simultaneously Boston, MA is getting slammed with snow storm after snow storm. Will the earth last much longer? Will the population of the earth last much longer before wiping each other out? Is God still in control?
Friends, the good news today is that God is still in control. I can’t look into the future, nor can I time travel forward and send a message back that things get better. In fact, things will definitely get worse! At the same time, God will still remain in control. How can I know this? It’s a meta-narrative called the great controversy—the battle between Christ and Satan. The main characters—human beings like you and me.
Before the flood, humans chose to follow Satan. We don’t know what they did, but we know it was so incredibly bad that God sent a flood to wipe out most of the population of the earth! Humans made their choices, but God was still in control. The people who worshiped God found themselves in slavery. Pharaoh wanted to keep his slave force, but God was in control, and He rescued them from slavery and many other hardships. Other nations attacked the people who worshiped God, but God made sure to protect His people. Some of the kings of Israel and Judah practiced child-slaughtering religions, but God kept His people alive. Judah was captured by the Babylonians—in fact the book of Daniel says that God gave them into the Babylonians’ hands, and a generation later, the Jews were back in their home land. God’s truth was still alive, and He was in control.
During the intertestamental times, when the people felt abandoned by God, just at the right moment, Truth itself was born in human form. He was persecuted and derided, but His teaching was spread throughout the land, and He changed the world forever. And again, “at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6) and provided a way of escape from this earth’s depressing ways—salvation. Then, Christ rose from the grave—proving once and for all that God was in control of even life and death! The Jews and Romans tried to squelch out the new Christian sect, but they were unsuccessful. Christianity grew rapidly, and God was in control. When Christians lost their purpose and became a political power and not a group of people whose mission was only to share the good news about Jesus, God was in control, as there were always groups who held firmly to that mission. People tried to squelch these groups through the inquisition, but God’s word prevailed.
God continued to shine His light of truth into the hearts of honest souls seeking to know Him better, and these people have enduring lots of persecution and suffering in the times since then. Even today, followers of Jesus suffer persecution. Some of them in countries far away where Christianity is illegal, others in America where Christian ideas are often suppressed and publicly belittled through media. Still, I must ask, is God in control? Is He still alive? You can answer that question—do you still see the gospel being preached and lived? Then you can be assured, friend, that God is still in control. There is still no government and “no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1).
Besides, have you read the back of the book? Revelation tells us that God is still in control and will be in control when He comes soon to rescue us from our world that’s spinning out of control!
Humans have plans—good ones and bad ones, plans to help humans and plans to kill them. We don’t have to be afraid!
Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
But it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Praise God, He is still in control!
Timmy Baze 😀