We love to remember how God is in control. When we are scared, we try to remember that God is in control. When we face the uncertainties of Covid 19, we are thankful that God is in control. When we open our bills, we are thankful again that God is in control. When we leave the hospital, we remind ourselves that God is in control.
We are right to say God is in control The Bible teaches us that God is in control. Psalm 115:3 says, “Our God is in the heavens, he does as he pleases.” Psalm 103:19, “The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.” Even Nebuchadnezzar understood God’s control over the universe. He said, “His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (Dan. 4:34-36).
But do we want God to be in control of us? That’s a bit of a different question. We want God to control the world so life works out the way we want it, but is that the way things really work? Shouldn’t we want our lives to be governed by God too? Wouldn’t it be best if God was in control of our home? Wouldn’t it be best if God was in control of our attitudes? What if God was in control of our worship?
Is God in control of me? Paul said, “So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in him” (Col. 2:6). If Jesus is our Lord, he should be Lord of all our life. Leave nothing outside his reign. God’s control of my life is among the greatest blessings I have received. I am so thankful God has revealed himself through nature and specifically in Scripture and perfectly in Christ. Knowing who God is, I want him to be in control. I don’t want to fight for any freedom from him. I want him to guide and protect every aspect of my life and my family’s life and my worship and my church–everything for God and by God.
D. L. D.