An email I received recently said regarding the recent US presidential election:
I read this one this morning, very applicable(Charles Swindoll):God’s redemptive providence is always at work, even through the most
diabolical schemes . . .So, take heart, my friend. God is in full control. Nothing is
happening on earth that brings surprise to heaven. Nothing is outside
the scope of His divine radar screen as He guides us safely home.
Things that seem altogether confusing, without reason, unfair, even
wrong, do indeed fit into the Father’s providential plan.1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only
God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
God is in full control? Really?
Hope you don’t mind me being a bit direct here. God is awesome, omnipotent, all-knowing. Of course He knows the future. But I was duped for many years thinking that whatever happens is God’s will. Well, the closer I have gotten to God and His Word the more clear it has become.
If it is all in God’s hands then the world is a big mess. Innocent people are incarcerated, people are starving for lack of food and jobs, children are abused, natural disasters abound, wars maim and kill thousands each year. Is God in control? Well, when unbelievers here Christians say that, they think God is a child abuser. Not!
God is good and He has entrusted the earth to those who love and trust Him. That is why we have to make a difference which we are here. The Word says,
2 Chron 7:14
14 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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.
There is a big IF there. If we humble ourselves before God, IF we pray and enlist His help in prayer, IF we seek His face. We’ve got to do our part. So what is the deal with the earth?
God owns it. No doubt about it.
The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
2 For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.
But what is the current status? Why is it such a mess?
The heaven, even the heavens , are the Lord’s;
But the earth He has given to the children of men.
Basically, God has given charge to His people. That started in the Garden of Eden. satan tried to steal it but according to Ephesians 3, Jesus the Messiah took back our authority for us. Well, what does that mean? Simply, it is a bit like leasing something. You could call it the earth-lease.
If a car leasing company leases you a car for 5 years and you are paying your bills, they cannot send someone over to borrow the car for the weekend or something. They have to leave the car in your control for those 5 years. When the 5 years are completed they come back and claim the car. It is the same with God. He owns the earth, but he has given us authority over it for a time. That is why we have got to be praying. Some people are crashing their spiritual cars and then going back to the leasing company asking why they were ‘allowed’ to crash their cars.
Ungodly leaders who advocate the destruction of the family are not God’s plan for a nation founded on freedom for His people. They are result of our action or inaction.
I was duped, but no more. I hope this makes sense. I don’t want to see others confused like I was (many times by well-meaning religious folks).
Don’t be duped!