PC-USA 1996-09-06 - God is in Control

In her song "God is in Control," Twila Paris sings "… Hold on to all that you hide in your heart, There is one thing that has always been true, It holds the world together, God is in control …." Good theology, I believe …. If you are like me, you find yourself worrying, as I mentioned in last week's devotional. Sometimes I think we forget that no matter what things seem on the surface, God is in control. Things may seem chaotic, out of control, scary, overwhelming, very painful. But when we start feeling like that, we need to stop, step back and refocus on Him, and remember that He will take care of us:

Psa 145:15 (NIV) The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food at the proper time.

No matter how powerful people seem to be, or circumstances, God ultimately has the "last word."

Isa 46:10 (NIV) I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.

And we need to remember that even if we feel we are alone in our circumstances, we never truly are -- NEVER:

Mat 28:20 (NIV) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

And when we "mess up," or when bad things happen, and we think perhaps sometimes that no good can come out of it, we are wrong. God uses EVERYthing, good bad and ugly. He uses our mistakes. He uses our pain. He uses everything to teach us, to make us grow, to glorify Him: Rom 8:28 (NIV) 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.

Dear Lord, please help us remember that no matter what, YOU are ultimately in control, that no matter what happens You know about it, and You are there to help us with it, and You will use it for good. Help us trust You more, remembering that You love us even more than our family and friends do, and that we don't need to worry, because You are in control. Grant us Your peace. In Jesus' name, amen.