Believe It Or Not, God Is In Control

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This entry is part 5 of 17 in the series Bible Boot Camp

This post is part of the series Bible Boot Camp, which teaches systematic theology and how it applies to your life in practical terms.

As you begin to study the Bible, you will notice that God’s sovereignty is one of its central themes. God is the Sovereign One. But what does this mean, and how does it impact our lives?

“God’s sovereignty” means that God is in control of everything.

He is in control of all people, all places, all things, all events, and everything else that exists. [1]

He is not limited by the laws of nature, for He created them.

God is not limited by anything at all, ever… and if He were, He would not be God! (Being God by definition means He has to be the most supreme Being there is. If there were something superior to Him that could limit His power, then He would no longer be God.) God has all power and is absolutely sovereign.

Because God has all power and is totally in control, we can trust that nothing we endure in life can separate us from Him as long as we have received the salvation He has given us in Christ Jesus. [2] He promised us that in Romans 8, and His Word is His bond.

For Christians, God’s sovereignty is a wonderful concept. However, to non-Christians, it is an unpopular, uncomfortable concept. Here’s why:

  • The non-Christian is a non-Christian because he believes that he can hide his true, sinful state, and somehow avoid its consequences.
  • The non-Christian believes that he can find happiness in himself, in following the dictates of his own desires. So…
  • The thought that God knows everything, is in control of everything, and can see behind the carefully-erected smokescreen is not welcome to the non-Christian.

If the sinner embraced the concept of a sovereign God, he would become convicted that his perceived autonomy is actually rebellion against God. This conviction would lead to repentance, change, and dependence on God. However, the sinner finds comfort in his life of rebellion. He or she refuses to consider that following God would be more beneficial than not following God. [3]

Christians embrace the truth of God’s sovereignty because they know God is a loving, wise God who will work all things out for their good. The Bible says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” [4]

If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can trust God in every circumstance. Trusting God gives you peace, and frees you from worry. You know that you have a loving, all-powerful Father in Heaven who is watching over you.

Even when great difficulties come, as they always do, as a Christian you can know that God Almighty remains in control.

In his book The Cost of Discipleship, twentieth-century theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a martyr for Christ in Nazi Germany, wrote:

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    “The power which men enjoy for a brief space on earth is not without the cognizance and the will of God. If we fall into the hands of men, and meet suffering and death from their violence, we are none the less certain that everything comes from God. The same God who sees no sparrow fall to the ground without his knowledge and will, allows nothing to happen, except it be good and profitable for his children and the cause for which they stand. We are in God’s hands. Therefore, “Fear not.”” [5]

    If you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can rest in God today. He will take care of you. Won’t you draw near to Him and let Him see you through?

    [1] Boice, Foundations, 118; I Chronicles 29:11-12; Psalm 24:1, NKJV

    [2] Romans 8, NKJV

    [3] Boice, Foundations, 120-121

    [4] Romans 8:28, NKJV

    [5] Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, 218-219

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