Lost Control?

Fredy Peter

Everything that was previously under control is now out of control. Because of the coronavirus, the world is being gripped by an insecurity and fear that hasn’t been felt since the two World Wars swept the globe. Many are frightened to come to the realization that 21st century man controls ships and sails, but has no control over the wind and waves.

So, what is under man’s control? What can he rely on? The Bible gives a wonderful answer in Isaiah 26:4: “Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” The Lord is an unchanging rock in storms and surges, not only today but forever. Man finds absolute security, comfort, and tranquility in Him alone.

God alone is in control of this earth, and nothing escapes His attention. Of course, faith doesn’t always dispel the waves of health issues and tangible needs, even for God’s children. But belief stabilizes. Not subjectively and superficially, but objectively and profoundly. Because:

God knows everything about man’s nature. He knows us much better than we know ourselves. He knows our thoughts, and even the hairs on our heads are numbered by Him (Ps 139:2; Matt 10:30).

God knows everything about human life. He was there at conception and birth. He is with us every day, and He also has our end under His control (Ps 139:16).

God knows everything about man’s plans, as well as how they will turn out (Prov 16:9; Jer 10:23; James 4:13-15).

God knows everything about human needs. He cares for us and protects us (Ps 23; Matt 6:33). He can do anything for His children. Nothing is impossible for Him, and nothing can separate us from Him (Luke 1:37; Rom 8:38-39). He can do even more than we ask or comprehend (Eph 3:20).

God also knows about human governments. He holds the threads in His hand. He deploys them, permits them, and uses their actions to fulfill His plan (Prov 21:1; Dan 2:21).

God also knows everything that happens to people. There isn’t an event He doesn’t know about—including the coronavirus pandemic. And that’s why He can’t be blindsided or surprised. He does not sleep and does not grow weary (1 Sam 2:3; Isa 40:28).

But God, who can do everything, who knows everything, and who is always present, hates sin. Sin is completely alien to His nature. And that is why man in his sin is also alien to God. Sin has no place in our fellowship with God. Because God knows this, He created the only solution in His exceedingly great love: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Eph 2:13).

God is calling today to every person who admits his own incapacity and gives up full control of his life to Jesus: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh 1:9). Because He’s got everything under control!

Midnight Call - 08/2020

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