God is in control. I’ve heard that statement a thousand times. It’s commonly echoed as a hopeful sentiment in turmoil. We default to affirm each other with the assurance that “God is in control.” No one ever doubts that God lost control, so why do we hope to find comfort in this thought? Is God really in control? If God is in control, why do tragedies plague the lives of so many that He loves?
I read that statement in an article a few days ago, and I paused after the sentence to consider what it really means. I don’t intend to diminish God’s vast power. Yet I wonder if many times we attribute things to God’s control when he has put the “control” in our hands.
“God is in control.” It’s not much of a consolation to me, and I think many believers may feel the same. I’m not writing to criticize the hopeful, but rather to make hope a little more tangible.
I think of the dozens of “situations” that I have journeyed through with friends over the years. From divorces to diseases, insomnia, addictions, and cancers. The list could go on and on. I think about each tragedy, and I cannot resign any of them to the trivial thought that God was somehow “in control.” To do so, at least for me, would be a way of saying, “God, this is really your doing.” I fully understand the omnipotent nature of God and His full capability to do tremendous wonders. So why do tragedies interrupt the lives of so many sincere believers? The answer, I believe, unfolds a greater truth for every follower of Jesus. I am not saying that I have the answer to the “why God?” question, but I think somewhere between a pious resignation to fate and casting the blame on God’s providence stands the clear answer of a believer’s responsibility. We have been given a mandate since Jesus’ ascension to bring His manifest Presence into our broken world of traumas and tragedies.
God is in control, but He has placed the “control” of authority into our hands. Our inability to realize the power we hold as the children of God does reflect poorly on His sovereign rule. This is not a blame game. It’s a literal power struggle between believing in the power that Jesus gave to us and the religious lie of being powerless. Tragedies can push us to blame God, blame ourselves, or look past blaming to owning and fighting for what is rightfully given to us.
When you know and experience the constant love of the Father, He shows you His perfect will. From that place of knowing the truth, you can walk in freedom to proclaim and exercise your given authority against the enemy of your life. How do you experience God’s perfect will in your life? It begins by knowing it. It begins by believing that He really wants the best for you.
Radically believing that God’s desire for your life is good in the face of evil is where the war rages. The battle hinges on believing in His will over the contradicting lies of sickness, poverty, bondage, and hopelessness. God challenges us to choose a side. In choosing to believe that His plans for you are good, you initiate a battle to believe the truth. God is in control, and the one He has chosen to enforce His control through is you.