If you have grown up in a Christian home, perhaps you’ve heard of this phrase many times and that is, “Well, God is always in control.” And usually, this phrase is followed by something that happened tragically – A baby who died of stage four cancer, someone who died of leukemia, some kind of a drunk driver killed a teenager and is 19 years old of age. And they’ll say “Well, God is always in control. God needs them first in heaven.” and something like that.
But I want to propose to you in this blog post by looking at scriptures. Is that really the teachings of the scripture? In 2 Peter 3:9 it says,
“God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
My question to you is this. Does everyone on the earth today come to repentance and follow Jesus Christ? The obvious answer is no.
In fact, many people reject and denounce Jesus Christ. But here it says God wills for none. It is His will that no one would ever perish, but everyone to come into repentance.
God’s Will is Not Always Realized
Then how is it that so many people today die and go to hell without knowing Jesus Christ? As we look at more scriptures, you will start to find this one theme. And that is God’s will is not always realized here on earth.
If you look at the Old Testament and you look at the Israelites, what does God say about them? They’re like the sniff-neck people. Stiff-neck! They won’t listen.
God would have Hosea the prophet, “Oh go marry this prostitute Gomer, and just go pursue after her over and over again.” Even though Gomer, this prostitute, keeps on going to the arms of other lovers.
But God says go pursue after her. Why? Because God says this is like Me trying to pursue the Israelites, trying to pursue the people who I have chosen, but they keep on rejecting Me.
God Is Love
If God is always “in control”, I have chosen you, you’re going to walk with Me no matter what. You have no choice. Then why is it that God would send all these prophets, send Moses, send the disciples to preach the gospel, you and I as ambassadors of Jesus Christ? Why would He use us? Why doesn’t He just wave a hand in heaven, speak of where to make everything happen?
The very clear answer is because God is love. That’s what the bible says. It’s not that we first love God, it’s because He first loved us. Because He is love. In order to have love, you have to have free will. You can’t force anyone to love you.
I can’t force my wife to love me and call it a marriage. If you hold anyone at gunpoint to marry you, that marriage is not valid because there’s no free will.
God Has Given Us Freewill
Today, God desires, God wants his people to love Him in their own free will and their own accord. And when you give this kind of boundary, sometimes people get hurt and it’s called sin. In Luke 12:49, Jesus says
” I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!”
Jesus says I came here, I want to set you on fire, ablaze passionate for the things of God. But you’re not willing. He says,
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem. How I want to gather you like a hen gathers her chicks, but you are not willing!” (Matthew 23:37)
“See to you that this house is left to you desolate.” (Matthew 23:38)
Your house has burned down, is in desolation. You don’t even know it. I want to come and send fire on the earth, but I can’t even do it. I can’t even kindle it. Why? Because He can’t force people to do it. He’s given you and me free will.
And so why is it important for us to understand this concept today that God is not always “in control?” The reason is because you have to understand that you and I have a part to do in God’s eternal plan of redemption of salvation. If you and I don’t do our part and we just cross our hands and think,
“Well, God is always in control. If that person dies, I don’t pray for him. If that person doesn’t know the gospel, my neighbor, I don’t need to talk to him about it because God’s in control.”
“If something bad happens, I’m not there.”
“I don’t need to send money. I don’t need to help. I don’t need to pray because God is in control.”
What is going to happen to the earth today? What is going to happen to the kingdom of God? In Psalm 115:16, it says
“The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.”
The same way that God took Adam and says, “Adam, go and name the animals. You name them.” God didn’t say I’m going to name them. Adam, you name them. Do you remember what happened at the resurrection? Jesus actually walked with two other people and He says, “What are you guys talking about?”
And He starts expounding to them the scriptures from Moses to the prophets. Why didn’t Jesus just say, “Look I am Jesus Christ and I am resurrected. You must believe in Me now.” He didn’t do that.
He took the scriptures that people have written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and expounded the scriptures to the people who saw His resurrection. This is the theme in the bible that God wants to co-labor with us.
Why does God respond to prayer? Why doesn’t he just wave his hand and do it? Because He wants us. His rule, His “control”. That He said throughout all eternity is that “I want mankind to work with Me. to participate in My eternal kingdom.” Because I want a family, I want people who love Me. Not robots, not people who I have unconditionally elected before the foundation of the world. That whether you like it or not, you’re going to be safe. No! Whether you like it or not, you’re going to be damned to hell. No! God doesn’t do that! We’re not robots.
So you need to understand today that God is “in control” in the sense that He’s in charge. He’s in charge like the CEO of a company. The CEO of the company has the right to say “You’re fired.” “You’re hired.” “You do this and you do that.” But a good CEO is not going to micromanage. The CEO gives you boundaries, gives you a goal, gives you a mandate, and says, “This company, this is what we’re doing. I want you guys to go and make this happen.”
In your department and within your department there are certain ranks. Just like in the church today, God has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, all these different people. Because together we have to do the work of God for His eternal kingdom.
And so if you will not lay hands on the sick, how is God going to heal them? Sure, we do see certain situations where God supernaturally does something, But that is not the norm.
God Has Chosen to Use Man
The norm as you see in the bible is God uses people. God and His “sovereignty.” If you’d like to use that term in His control. He has chosen to use man, broken people like you and me. He put His spirit within us. Even though we are dead in our trespasses. He says, “No, I will put My Spirit in you, I will transform you. I’ll baptize you with fire.
I’ll give you the love of the Father because I revealed the Father to you and you’ve experienced this fire and we can experience this love from the Father. Now, now you can go and be My ambassadors to tell people of My great love. And that one day, I’m going to come and judge the whole world in righteousness. And on that day when I come and judge the world, no one can say,
“Oh, You’re not fair, God because I don’t even have a choice.”
“No,” God says, “I’ve given you free will. I have given you a choice. Want to choose life or to choose death?”
The bible says, “Choose to you this day, whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:15)
A Wake-Up Call
And so the question is, today, who are you going to serve? God has given you control over your family. He’s given you influence over your workplace, your neighbor, those who are around you.
What have you done with the talents that God has put in your hand?
When was the last time you told the gospel, the grace of God, and the real biblical grace of God of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ? Why don’t you tell people about that? When was the last time you prayed for your spouse, for your children, for your church, for your leaders, and for people who don’t know God?
This is not condemnation. This is just a wake-up call, a reminder to all of us that we live here in this life with a purpose. Knowing that God has intentions, God has a plan, and He wants His children to cooperate with Him. And this is a privilege. because one day when we see Jesus, we will be rewarded. Whether we have obeyed Him and followed Him in genuine faith.
So next time when you hear someone say, “Well, God is always in control.” Think in your mind, is God really making the situation happen?
If a child that is only two years old has leukemia dying, you go lay hands on that child and say, “In Jesus’ name, be healed! Leukemia, I curse you! I break your power, in Jesus’ name!”
If someone is born and trapped in addictions, whether it’s alcohol, whether it’s sexual immorality, pornography, adultery, you go and declare life on them and say, “In Jesus’ name, God did not call you to this lifestyle of lust. He called you into the lifestyle of holiness and purity.”
And so you speak to those demonic spirits you say “Go! In Jesus’ name! I break your power! You leave them now and you set them free!”
And most importantly, you look into your own life when certain situations happen. You don’t just passively accept them as if anything that just happens, it is gone.
Today, so many Christians, they’re like,
“Oh, this must be God if this happened.”
“If a situation presents itself, then it must be God”
So WRONG! Especially if they do not line up with the bible. God will not cause you to sin. God will not play sickness on you, to teach you something that is of the devil.
“The devil came to steal, kill and destroy that God came to give life and life abundantly.” (John 10:10)
May you and I rise up and be the true ambassadors of Jesus Christ to preach the gospel to the world who needs to hear of this deliverance that only Jesus can offer by His blood and in His name.
Go and share the gospel being ambassadors of Jesus Christ to those around you this week and every day.
Until next time.
God bless you!