Someone on Facebook today stated that God is not in control of this world. Ack! Not scriptural.While “the whole world lies under the power of the wicked one,” (John 5:19), the wicked one is CERTAINLY under the power of the Almighty One! How do we know this?
The story was told from the beginning, after the Fall of Adam and Eve:
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Gen 3:15)
Some versions say “crush thy head” instead of “bruise.” I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a sore foot than a squashed head, any day.
Back in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve fell because of the deception of the wicked one. But here’s the thing, saints: the lies that the devil told Eve thousands of years ago are still working on folks today!
The devil has not changed a bit, because what he has works.
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Gen 3:1)
“Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen 3:4)
Lies! He wraps things up in believable packages and enticing wrappers, and we fall to his workings before we even realize it. That same spirit is alive and well today!
When someone claims that God is not in control of things, this says four things, all of which are the same lies that the devil told Eve back in the Garden:
Lie #1: God is a liar. He didn’t really mean it when He said He wanted us to have “life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
FALSE! There is only one thing that the Bible says God cannot do, and it says it in more than one place…
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began…” (Titus 1:2)
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: has he said, and shall he not do it? or has he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Num 23:19)
“And also the Strength of Israel [God] will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.” (1 Sam 15:29)
Conversely, the Bible is quite clear about the MO of the devil. Here’s what it says in the NIV:
“You [the Pharisees] belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him . When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
Can you imagine that? Lying is so natural to the devil, that it is his “native language.”
If God says in one place that He wants us to live a life that is happy, joyous and free, then He leaves us to contend with a dangerous enemy, unarmed, and fails to put constraints on that enemy, that would make Him a liar!
All good things come from God (James 1:17). Jesus told us that we would have troubles in this world (John 16:33). But He also provided a solution. Keep reading!
Lie #2: God is keeping something from you.
Ah, here is another trick of the devil. Besides out-and-out lying, as in number one, there’s the “give them just enough truth to make it plausible, but then shout, ‘Psych!'”
Yes, God was keeping something from Adam and Eve. What was it?
- Shame and embarassment. “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” (Gen 3:7)
- Painful toil. “… Cursed is the ground for thy sake. In sorrow you shall eat of it all the days of your life.” (Gen 3:17)
- Confusion. “… the god of this world has blinded the minds of them that believe not…” (2 Cor 4:4)
- Loss, death and destruction. “The thief cometh not, but for to kill, to steal and destroy…” (John 10:10)
- And a whole host of other maladies that can be read in Deut 28:15-68. Read them, to remind yourself of just what God was keeping from us in the Garden.
The other night, I had a “discussion” with my youngest son about rules. You know, the “You have to go to bed at 8:30,” or, “You can’t ride your bike after dark,” kind of rules. He contended that I was being mean.
Here was my response: “Yes, I could allow you the “kindness” of letting you continue to ride your bike after dark. But there is a reason I made that rule: you cannot see, and others can’t see you. The little bit of “love” that you would feel from getting your way would never outweigh the sorrow of you getting hurt, or worse, by crashing into a tree or getting hit by a car. THAT is real love — protecting you.”
All of the bad that happens to us, in life, happens because of the natural consequences of 1) our own free will, 2) faulty flesh (that we inherited from Adam and Eve, when they DID, in fact, begin to die after eating the fruit, and 3) evil influences that Adam and Eve invited in when they entertained the arguments of the serpent. And God gives us the “rule book” in His inspired Word. If we would only read it!
God wants us to “have life, and have it more abundantly” (continue reading John 1o:10), so He provided, from the beginning, a solution to all those problems in the previous paragraphs.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Amazing! The same thing that He purposed for Adam and Eve back in the Garden. He was keeping something BAD from us, but has always wanted us to have ALL of the GOOD!
We grow impatient when we don’t see God immediately taking control where He has it. We need to remember:
- God doesn’t do things the way we do, because, well, He’s God, and we’re not. (“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, My ways.” [Isa 55:8]).
- Our timetable is limited by our human understanding, whereas God exists outside of time. (“For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” [Ps 90:4])
- The end was already established from the beginning (Read Genesis, then read the Book of Revelation).
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer 29:11)
Lie #3: You are immortal.
LIES! The world is steeped in this idea, even in the Church. Here is some of the evidence of how powerful and pervasive this lie is:
- Stories about “near death” experiences
- Stories of the ghosts of “dead loved ones” visiting
- The belief in reincarnation
- The belief in an immortal soul that separates from the flesh at death
- The belief that “when I die I’ll go to heaven”
- TV shows about channeling and mediums
- Fascination with spirits and the occult
- The belief in a “hell” where bad people continue to live forever after death
- The belief in purgatory
The Bible is clear that there is only one way to live forever (John 3:16). And the ancients knew when this would happen: the resurrection at the last day.
While this doesn’t deal directly with the Facebook comment, above, it is where folks go when they feel that God is “not doing enough.” They fall victim to looking for outside sources of information.
Lie #4: You can be your own god.
This is so very New Age. On its surface, New Age ideas seem wonderful: take care of the planet… get back to nature… be kind to one another… celbrate the creation. But at its heart, it is based on the idea that the creation IS the creator, and the closer we come to the creation, the more we are like a god.
So what does God say about Himself, and His Authority, through His inspired Word?
- ““Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from You; You are ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” (1 Chron 29:11-12)
- ” [God] determines the course of world events; He removes kings and sets others on the throne.” (Daniel 2:21)
- “The life of every living thing is in His hand, and the breath of all humanity.” (Job 12:10).
- “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” (Prov 19:21)
- “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” (Roman 8:28)
Satan aspired to usurp God. Look where it got him. Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I want to stay on the “sane” side!
God is fully control of everything. It is the devil who is out of control! “But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (Rev 12:12).
What DID God say He would do? Here are my favorites — how I long for the day!
“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isa 2:4)
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Rev 21:4)
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Rev 21:5)
Other Good Reads:
- Just What Did We Lose in the Garden? (thelifechurchofdesplaines.wordpress.com)
- The Tree (mysoulshome.com)
- Eden – The First Earth-Home (brakeman1.com)
- Deception (meshawnsenior.wordpress.com)
- Like it or Not (thoughtfulspirituality.wordpress.com)
- Don’t Blame Others – Judgment Seat of Christ (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
- Bible Challenge – “GARDEN OF EDEN” (pjsprayerline.blogspot.com)
- Daily Devotional | Overcoming Temptation (thelivingwordministries.wordpress.com)
- Excursus: Evil, Part 1(turmarion.wordpress.com)