Is God Still in Control?
The world is in quite a perplexing situation. So many people thought everything was under control. The financial world. The sports world. The entertainment world. My world. Your world. Our world. Is God still in control? Is He still sovereign? The scriptures enlighten us.
“Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.” (Psalm 46:8–9, ESV)
The ‘works of the LORD’ refer to His works in the past. As we look back on history, we can see how God has worked through desolations in nature and dominion over the nations to accomplish His will.
God used the forces of nature to accomplish His will with the Great Flood in Noah’s day, fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah, and the plagues upon Egypt (including animals, insects, and disease) to free the nation of Israel, just to name a few.
God also setup and took down nations such as Joshua’s victory on the long day (Joshua 10:11), the ending of the Syrian siege (2 Kings 7:5-7), and Jehoshaphat’s choir led army (2 Chron. 20:15-24). Moreover, God setup and tore down the kingdoms of Babylon, the Medes and Persians, the Greeks, and the Roman Empire as predicted in the book of Daniel.
We need to consider that God has worked through nature and the nations in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
But there is more for us to consider from this Psalm.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah” (Psalm 46:10–11, ESV)
As we stop and survey God’s work in the past, we should come to a better knowledge of our God. This knowledge should help us to understand how God is presently working in the world. Whatever takes place in the world, whether through natural disasters, political turmoil, and yes, even a pandemic, is ultimately working for the glory of God. Is God still in control? Yes, He is! Consider the following truths from these verses.
“Be still” – Don’t panic. God’s got this.
“I will be exalted” – God is working to exalt himself among the nations.
“The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – The LORD of spiritual armies is on His people’s side. Are you one of His people? God’s people are those who have repented of their sins and placed their faith in Christ alone as their Lord and Savior. The LORD is a fortress for His people.
We need not panic. We instead need to think about how we can exalt God in our current situation.
How can we exalt God during the Coronavirus outbreak?
- Don’t panic. Focus on how you can exalt God.
- Kindness. Look out for others. Check on your neighbors. Call family. Call others in the church and check on them. Make sure needs are met.
- Pray for God to give wisdom and insight to our government leaders.
- Pray for God to give understanding to scientists and doctors to find a vaccine.
- Pray for caregivers.
- Generosity. Our God is a god of abundance. Share what you have even if it is meager and you don’t have much. God multiplied the loaves. He can multiply your gifts.
Pastor of Faith Baptist Church of Palmhurst