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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.

I came across a video today on Facebook that one of my friends posted on their timeline that really surprised me. It was Bill Nye, or as some people call him “The Science Guy”, and he was talking about evolution. (Watch Video) Just for the record, my friend was no advocating evolution!

Mr. Nye makes this statement, “Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don’t believe in evolution”.

Even after that, this is what caught my eye. He says, “if as parents, you want to deny evolution and live in your world that is completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, go ahead but don’t force your children to believe in it. We need them to be scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.”

After this statement, he finishes the video and then the logo of whoever is producing the video come up on the screen. The logo, or name of the company, was “BIG THINK”.

I am currently reading a book entitled “Worship Matters” written by Bob Kauflin. He is the director of Sovereign Grace Music. He explains that worship is so very important in the life of a christian, but our theology of God is much more important. If we don’t have the right theology of God, then our worship will not be where it needs to be.

So many times, we try to “big think” and what we are trying to do is explain things with our minds and intellect. We try to make sense of things with our finite minds. As crazy as this sounds – we try to explain GOD and who HE is with our minds! King David explains in Psalm 145:3 – “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable”.

J.I. Packer reminds us:

Today, vast stress is laid on the thought that God is personal, but this truth is so states as to leave the impression that God is a person of the same sort as we are – weak, inadequate, ineffective, a little pathetic. But this is not the God of the Bible! Our personal life is a finite thing; it is limited in every direction, in space, in time, in knowledge, in power. But God is not so limited. He is eternal, infinite, and almighty. He has us in his hands; we never have him in ours. Like us he is personal; but unlike us, HE is great!

Our GodInstead of us trying to “big think” and explain God, I would suggest that we start “THINKING BIGGER”! Instead of us trying to place God in a box and limit him to what our minds can handle and understand, I would suggest that we look into God’s Word and let God be God and see HIM for who He really is – The God that can not be explained!

God:

  • created everything from nothing and spoke the universe into existence with a word (Psalm 148:5 | Hebrews 11:3)
  • sustains all living creatures and non-living matter and HIS power holds all things together and keeps them from exploding or disintegrating (Colossians 1:17)

Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

Now that’s my GOD!

Be Still & Know

May 22, 2012 — Leave a comment

I don’t know about you but if you are anything at all like me – you are busy! You have deadlines to meet, you have things to do at work, you have things to do at home and you have kids to run from here to there…we are just way to busy!

As I was leaving my house this past Sunday afternoon one of my neighbors was walking in the neighborhood and asked me where I was going. I told her that I was heading back to church and she made the comment that “you guys are always so busy with church stuff”! I really was not sure how to take that comment because I did not know if she meant it in a good way or a bad way. They are christians and attend church regularly, but the comment really hit home with me.

We really are busy people – doing “church stuff”!

God knew that our busy schedules would be a problem. That is why He tells us in Psalm 46:10,

Be stilland know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

When was the last time that you just stopped and just did nothing and listened to God. You turned off the radio, the TV, your computer, smartphone, Facebook, twitter and anything else that could take your attention and were just STILL BEFORE GOD!

So many times I know that I am rushing around trying to do the things of God that I forget to be still before God and without Him – we can do nothing!

Lord, help us to be still before you so that we can hear from you. May your glory be spread throughout all the land and may we make much of you! Lord, we need your desperately in our lives!

Watch: Still – David Kocijan (Saxophone)