God is in control. To many that statement might not make any sense today. The world is in chaos. We hear statements on television about how the world has changed over the past couple of days and it will never be the same.
How can we say that God is in control? What should we as Christians be doing? Ah, the next point of confusion…. The first repsonse is to retaliate. All this violence cannot be tolerated. But as soon as you are determined, you start reading and listening to messages about how we as Christians should be turning the other cheek. We should love our neighbour. Bloodshed is not the way of Jesus.
Where does this leave you and me? We are horrified by what we see and hear on the news. How can this be tolerated? Are we as Christians just supposed to roll over and play dead now? Do we just ignore the horror and the emotions that go through us and say “that’s okay, we still love you”?
If You Really Believe That God Is In Control, Then At Least Be Honest
There is no sense in trying to deny your emotions. Who are you kidding? Externally you act all ‘holy’ and tell everybody how we should love our neighbour and forgive, while internally you are torn apart. You are angry. I cannot see how this can be healthy to anybody.
So how should we handle this situation? If we really believe that God is in control, and that He is a loving Father, surely we can feel free to trust Him and be honest with Him.
Let’s start by looking at two facts:
- Judgment does not belong to us: Matthew 7:1-3 says “ “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you”. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” We are not to judge over other people, and I am very grateful for that. Final judgment belongs to God.
- We do have the right to judge the act: Dominion over the earth has been given to man (Genesis 1:26-27). To maintain law and order we have been given instructions to appoint judges who should not be judging for mere mortals , but for the Lord (2 Chronicals 19:5-7).
That is why we have governments in place, with judicial systems, defence forces and police forces. There should be order, and these physical forces are supposed to maintain law and order in the physical world. That is their responsibility.
To Resist or Not to Resist
So how should we respond to what is happening to us right now?
There is no need to try and hide what you really feel inside. You might fool a few people around you, but you won’t fool yourself, and definitely not God. God knows your every thought (Psalm 139). In fact, He knows you better than you know yourself. He doesn’t want you to be a hypocrate. He wants you to be honest with Him.
Tell Him how you feel about the world. Share your hurt with Him. Share you concerns. Be honest about the anger that you are feeling right now. But have a two-way conversation. Don’t just talk to God – don’t just say your prayer – and then get up and go.
Are you feeling confused about all that is happening around you? All the noises around you, hatred, violence, fear, the attacks in France which are dominating the headlines at the moment, the robbery that took place just around the corner from you, and yes, maybe you have even been a victim of some senseless crime yourself.
What should we as Christians do? Should we defend ourselves, or should we just turn the other cheek? Recent news events highlighted this question. It was immediately followed by calls for retaliation, yet at the same time we hear that we should love our neighbour. What are we to do? I have done a guest post called “To Resist or Not to Resist – Faith to Overcome” on Empowerment Moments Blog. You can read the full post here.
Have you ever had the experience where your child comes to you and really sheds his or her heart in front of you. Really packing it out about how life is too demanding, or about the peer pressure at school that she can’t handle anymore, or about the fact that he is getting exposed to drugs at school. And then, just as you open your mouth to offer advise, to show your understanding and give support, he / she just gets up and walk away. I think that more or less describes the situation when we pray, say amen and walk away.
How To Hear From God
“But how do I hear from God?” you may ask. You have prayed about situations so often, yet you do not hear the voice of God. Maybe you prayed about a situation and you were convinced that you heard from God and that you are doing His will, yet it ended up in chaos or disaster. Just how do one hear from God?
There is constant communication going on in the atmosphere. That is where your thoughts come from. There are evil thoughts; coming from the devil – the ruler of the kingdom of the air (Ephesians 2:2), and there are thoughts from God – the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20). Having dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26-27), it is our responsibility to choose whose voice we are going to listen to. Which ‘thoughts’ will be manifested into this earth.
I have recently watched a series of broadcasts where Kenneth Copeland and Keith Moore were having discussions on how to “Hear and Know The Voice of God”. Not only do they explain it in such a practical way that we all can understand it, but it is like having a relaxed conversation and it’s fun to watch and listen while these two men of God talk about this vital topic.
You can watch a summary of the first week’s discussions here:
You can watch the discussions of the second week here.
I will soon do a series of posts on the topic as well.
God is in Control
There is no reason why you should be confused any longer. There is no need for you to be fearful. God is in control. Learn about His will for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future“. Learn about His divine protection in Psalm 91.
Psalm 23:5 (NIV) says “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows“. There are no enemies in heaven. That means I will receive God’s protection even here on earth.
I’m excited. I believe we have a good future. Victory has been given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57). Psalm 91:9-12 (NIV) says “9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”and you make the Most High your dwelling,10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone”.
By the way, if you have read these verses with me, you have just heard the voice of God, because they come from His Word. Or have you ever had the experience of doing something and you have absolutely no idea why you did it? Maybe you took a new route from work for no reason. The next day you got informed about a bad accident that took place on your normal route which you might have been involved in. When asked why you took a different route, you honestly don’t know, something just told you to take a different route. Well, guess Who that ‘Something’ was? Or it might have been some small decision at work; you don’t know how you knew it, you just knew.
So I say again, I am excited. How about you? Are you confused? Are you living in fear? Or do you share in my excitement?