Archives For Control

Just reading the title one would think that I am talking about the political scene in America in 2016, and I am. But I am also talking about the days during the life of Habakkuk. Little is known about the prophet Habakkuk but there is so much we can learn from this book of the Bible.

Habakkuk was a prophet to Judah. During this time, Judah was morally and spiritually corrupt (sound familiar?). They worshipped Baal. Offered their children to Molech (a Canaanite god) and allowed the temple to fall into ruin.

Judah was also in the middle of a very political turbulent time. Assyria has ruled Judah for over a hundred years but was beginning to weaken. Babylon would soon be growing into a world power.

The book begins with Habakkuk complaining (also sounds like 2016) about how God is letting sin go unpunished and that therefore there is no justice to speak of (v.2-4). God quickly responds to Habakkuk’s complaint with the following:

Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own.

Habakkuk 1:5-6

God was letting Habakkuk know that HE was in control of EVERYTHING! Look at verse six where it says, “I am raising up…”. God was telling Hubakkuk that He controls the political scene and uses nations for his own purposes. Just look at the book of Daniel.

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings;

Daniel 2:21

God is telling Habakkuk to wait on me and TRUST ME! I know what I am doing! I am doing something that you would not even believe if I told you.

So, in the mist of this crazy, turbulent political time in America, I am sure that God is trying to remind us of the same exact thing – wait on me and trust me! I know what I am doing.

There is peace found in knowing that God is sovereign and in control of everything!

Fear-NotThis week’s foundation verse is found in Isaiah 43:5 and it says,

Fear not, for I am with you.

Wow, those are some truly powerful words, but then why do christians fear?

My belief is that we (christians) try to take situations into our own hands and control the outcome. We take our eyes off of God and place them upon ourselves. When we do that, we become anxious and we worry. God reminds us in Matthew 6 that we are not to be anxious because there is no way we can add even one hour to our own life. God is in control!

I have heard it said that there are 365 times in the Bible that the words “Fear Not” are mentioned and that it is a daily remember for us to remember that God has told us to “Fear Not” and trust HIM!

Our verse is almost a mirror verse of Isaiah 41:10 which says,

For not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

What a comfort to know that if we have placed our faith and trust in God, then there is NO reason for us to fear. Rest in the knowledge that GOD IS IN CONTROL!

Cross Reference: “God Is In Control” (December 6, 2013)

God Is In ControlBack in 1993, Twila Paris released a song entitled “God Is In Control”. The chorus goes like this,

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken – God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken – There is no power above or beside Him, we know – Oh, God is in control, oh God is in control

I love that line that says, “there is no power above or beside Him, we know…”. But do we always “know” that God is in control?

When storms hit; when bills are due and there is no money in the bank; when you get a call from the doctor with some bad news, do we really know and understand that God is in control?

I am preparing to teach a lesson this Sunday on “The Day The Sun Stood Still”. I will be talking to a group of elementary children on about how, when all seemed lost for Joshua, that he prayed to God to make the sun stand still. To kids, the fact that God made the sun stand still for almost a day seems pretty cool, but what hit me today was what God told Joshua in verse 8, even before Joshua asked for the sun to stand still.

God said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands.” Did you notice that statement was in past tense? God had already decided on the outcome, but Israel still had to do some fighting.

I don’t know what you are going through nor do I know of what you will face in your life. You don’t know what I am facing in my life as well, but we can know for sure that God is in control!

I love what Psalms 115:3 says,

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.

I Chronicles 29:11 should give us some great comfort to know that God has everything under control.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

I love this quote by Alistair Begg,

All of the ebb and flow of history is to be viewed in light that there is a throne in heaven, that throne is not empty, it is occupied by God and God is in control.