This post, along with some recent others, is part of a series of devotional thoughts that I am compiling for a book I'm working on called His: The Most Privileged People on the Planet.
Read Luke 12:32.
I love watching a good, clean, relatable comedian. It tickles a special part of my funny bone when I hear someone verbalize my exact feelings about an everyday occurrence when I wasn’t aware I felt that way in the first place. It’s even better when you realize that everyone else in the audience is having the exact same experience; deep down for years you all felt a certain way about Cracker Barrel’s decor or luggage stores at airports or bacon, but just now, for the first time, the comedian has brought it to the surface.
Unfortunately, many of us have wrong views about God that are so deep-down that we don’t even realize we’re thinking them. Here are a few of them:
- In light of a recent terrorist attack, God is biting His nails and wondering what’s going to become of the world.
- My parents/husband discouraged me from going on a mission trip, so God’s hands are tied and now there’s no way that Brazilian children are going to learn about Jesus.
- Everything was all lined up for me to get this perfect job, but there was an oversight by the hiring manager and someone less qualified got it instead. Now God has to figure out a Plan B for me!
In Luke 12:32, the Pharisees warned Jesus to leave because Herod wanted to kill him, but Jesus made it clear that no one interrupts His schedule. Repeatedly in the gospels, especially in precarious situations, He says, “My time has not come,” referring to the moment of his death. John 10 tells us that no one takes His life but He lays it down of His own accord. Did the Jews kill Jesus? Yes. But Isaiah 53:4 tells us He was afflicted by God and Acts 2:23 makes it plain that the death of Christ at the hands of men was all according to definite plan and foreknowledge of God. Jesus had to remind Jesus to go betray Him. Then in the Garden, He had to ask the soldiers twice who they wanted to arrest
We could worshipfully study God’s sovereignty for a thousand years and never understand His ways exhaustively, so I’m not going to try to do that. But if the scriptures above weren’t clear enough, here are three more:
- Job 42:2: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
- Matthew 10:29: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”
- Proverbs 21:1: “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.”
How does this apply to our lives?
- Evil men only have as much power as God gives them. Godly men only have as much grace as God gives them. He isn’t nervous about anything that’s going to happen.
- If God can make a king (like Nebuchadnezzar!) do whatever He wishes, He could certainly cause our authorities to instantly change their mind about something. His hands aren’t tied.
- God’s purposes are so perfectly plotted out and beyond our understanding that absolutely no one can stop them—not by oversight or intentional opposition.
Our nation has a history of deistic thinking. I think it’s safe to say that most people in America believe in one way or another that a higher being created the world but He is distant and does not interfere with our lives. The Bible paints no such picture of God and we can rest in His good sovereignty. God doesn’t struggle with anxiety and fear like we do. Trust Him today.
Deep down, what wrong thoughts do you tend to have about God’s control over your life?
What can you do to combat those thoughts?
What is one verse you can be thinking about today?