Sunday, March 04, 2007

Is God in Control?

The average American, let alone the average Christian, does not believe that God is sovereign. The Washington Times reporting on a Harris Poll, notes:
"Twenty-seven percent of Catholics said God "controls what happens on Earth," compared with 41 percent among Protestants and 57 percent among Born-Agains. Forty-four percent said God "observes but does not control" what happens here. That figure rises to 58 percent among Catholics, but falls to 37 percent among Born-Agains."

[1] Washington Times, "Americans Believe in God with Conditions," Jennifer Harper, Nov 12, 2006

This was a poll that was stated in the sermon today at Church. It was into relation to what God allowed the Assyrians to do to Israel as we are reading in Isaiah. The text in Isaiah 10 is about Israel fearing Assyria and not God. They did not trust God and did not believe that He was in control.

God used the Assyrians to judge Israel for His purpose. God is sovereign and causes or allows all things to happen. God is in control. Whatever happens in my life has been allowed by God for His purpose for my life. The verse so many of us know here is Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." This is so true. All things. How many times do I need to get that into my head. Everything that happens in this world is part of His greater plan and when we can except this with thanksgiving, not always understanding yet trusting, we will have much more peace.

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