Skip to main content

Does God Control Everything?

Lots of folks wrestle with the idea of God being sovereign (in control) of all things.  Of course most people want Him to be in control just enough to heal us when we're sick, help us when stuck, or send us a few bucks when we're broke.  But people don't want to think God is in control when someone dies, when wrongs are done, or when wars break out.

In high school I was a free will guy, thinking God worked with me on my choices and my decisions.  In college I drifted into a small minority group of theologians who argued that God knows all possibilities but doesn't ultimately control them.

Then, upon graduating college and getting some ministry and life experience under my belt I have spent the last six years resting and relieving myself in the idea of God's complete sovereignty.

Today I started reading Does God Control Everything? so that I can be better prepared to help people understand this glorious Biblical doctrine and truth.  As what a friend describes as the "resident Calvinist" in her life, I want to be able to lovingly and intelligently communicate what I have found to be so strengthening and encouraging.  I believe the overwhelming majority of the Scriptures point to this idea and as a teacher of God's Word I want to know how to best teach it to others.

Speaking of this.  I had an idea come to mind that I think helps illustrate God's sovereignty and our free will.  The illustration is this.  I was driving my car and my son wanted to drive.  My son is only seven years old and he is not able to drive without sitting on my lap.  So when we were close to home I invited him to come up front, sit on my lap and 'drive' the car.  He put his hands on the steering wheel, made car noises and delighted in the idea that he was driving.  And in a sense he was driving.  However, as his father, I was the one ultimately driving the car.  We went the speed I wanted to go and we went to the place I wanted to go.  My hands where on the wheel alongside his, and in my sovereignty, directed the car to its final destination.

I view my walk with Jesus like this.  He puts me in a situation to make decisions and take action in my life.  I feel that I am in control.  I am responsible for what I do.
Ultimately, however, it is Jesus' hands on the wheel in my life.

He will bring me to what he wants and what is best for me - because they are the same, whether I can see it, or will concede it, or not.
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

5 Reasons I Won't Let My Kids Wear Clothes with Skulls on Them

Yesterday I threw out a poll question on my Facebook and Twitter pages.  The poll question asked, "Should Christians wear attire with skulls on it?"  I received some great comments from people with a variety of opinions.  You can read the comments on my timeline from 8/8/13.

My opinion is that Christians should not wear clothes with skulls on them.

I don't have one specific Bible verse that I can use to prove my point.  Jesus never said, "Thou shalt not wear clothes with skulls."  I do however think there are number of conclusions that can be drawn from Scripture that support my opinion.

1.  Jesus does care about the clothes we wear.
I don't believe God's people are free to wear whatever they want.  From the Old Testament all the way through the New Testament you can find Biblical language related to clothes.  There are laws in Leviticus about clothes.  God instructed the OT priests on what to wear don't believe God's people are free to wear wh…

How Stephanie and I Celebrated 15 Years of Marriage

Yesterday Stephanie and I celebrated 15 years of marriage! 
To kick off the festivities, on Wednesday afternoon Stephanie bought a new car from Harry Browns in Faribault. She said good goodbye to the minivan and bought a 2014 Dodge Journey. She picked out a great new vehicle and her dad Ralph channeled his inner New Yorker to haggle us a great price.
We started the day Thursday driving to St. Peter to pick up Isabelle from the "Gustie" Basketball and Leadership camp. She spent 4 days there learning, practicing and having a blast. We celebrated together as a family with some Godfather's Pizza!
After getting back to Northfield I dropped the kids off at some friend's houses so Stephanie and I could be alone together. Having great friends who help with the kids is such a blessing. 
Stephanie had the idea that we should get tattoos together. She didn't have to work hard to convince me! After asking for recommendations on Facebook we decided to check out  Guns and Nee…

Lessons from Mt Everest

It would be great is life was all fun and easy and exciting like glissading down a mountain side.  However life is actually much more like climbing up the mountain.  It is difficult, painful, dangerous and exhilarating all wrapped up into one.
Last Sunday I preached at a church in Northfield and I shared some thoughts about this.  I compared lessons I've learned studying mountain climbing to lessons I've learned living life.  Here are the five things I talked about, along with some accompanying Bible verses.
1. You have to have a goal and you have to work hard towards achieving it, sometimes for a long time ---> Jer 29:10-14  2. You have to expect setbacks (injury, weather, enemies, catastrophe) and roll with them ----> 2 Cor 4:8-10  3. You have to push yourself beyond what you thought possible ----> Phil 4:13  4. In most cases, you need others to help you (guides, logistics, cheerleaders, friends, expedition leader) ----> Heb 10:15   5. You have to acknowledg…