Tuesday, January 16, 2018

God is in Control

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Sages, philosophers, and theologians have, for centuries, debated God’s involvement in history. It’s a simple argument for those who don’t believe in God. God cannot be involved if He doesn’t exist. Others accept the God of Plato, who set the world in motion (the unmoved Mover), then sat back to see what would happen. Then you have those who believe that God is intimately involved, directing history to a predetermined climax.

Do you fit in one of these categories? The Apostle Paul surely did. He believed that everything would one day be resolved in God through the work of Christ. He said to the Colossian Christ followers, “… and by [Christ] to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Someone asked me the other day if I was worried about a nuclear holocaust with North Korea. Well, there is plenty of unrest in the world, North Korean notwithstanding. I’m going to stick with Paul and say that everything is working toward a God ordained climax. Events, whether we fear them or not, or whether like them or not, do not catch God by surprise, they all fulfill His purposes. Everything is under divine control and, one day, He will end the evil and make all things right in His Son, the Christ.

That’s what gives me peace in this sin-sick world - “Christ in you, the hope of glory” [Colossians 1.27]. 

having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. Ephesians 1.9-10

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