My youngest grandson was asked to draw a picture of heaven at school. In his picture was the Tree of Life, River of Life, golden streets with mansions, and God sitting at His computer! When I asked him what God was doing, he immediately replied that He was controlling the world!
Life illustrations are many times so very simple yet often overlooked. I don’t know about you, but the last six months have felt very out of control, at least from our human perspective. Yet from my grandson’s perspective, God was very much in control.
God has not moved, changed, or lost control. His computer does not get old, out of date, become unreliable, nor does it need a supply source. As my grandson so simply stated, “He is in Control.”
What then does “God controlling the world” mean? Webster tells us control is about having power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events. It is the ability to manage or restrain something. Control is about responsibility, accountability, and the ability to act independently and fairly. Wow! What an awesome picture of who God is!
When we feel everything in our world is out of control, our Creator God is still very much in control. What we see with our human eyes is not what God sees. Our vision and perspective are very limited. In order to balance our control versus God’s control, we have to understand Who He is.
God is Omniscient – all-knowing.
What exactly does that mean? His knowledge is absolutely complete. “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and good.” (Proverbs 5:21 and 15:3)
He has perfect knowledge of all that takes place in human life. “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29, 30)
He knows from all eternity to all eternity the end from the beginning, and what will take place. “For I AM GOD, and there is no other; I AM GOD, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.’” (Isaiah 46:9-10; 48:5-8)
He is Omnipotent – all-powerful.
We see this power displayed in nature and creation. In Matthew 8:22-27 we see Jesus calming the storm by His very words. His power is displayed in the earthquake, hurricane, tornado, wind, rain, heat, or cold, of which we have no control. He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves (Psalms 107:25). His power is unlimited and extends to the unseen forces of evil. Jesus Himself being tempted by Satan stated, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord God and Him only shall you serve.’ Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” (Matthew 4:10) Then there is Revelation 20:10 where Satan and his followers are “thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
John ends his book of Revelation in chapter 22 with the Holy Spirit speaking to Him these powerful truths:
“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
These are only two of God’s attributes – being All-knowing and All-powerful. But what a difference they should be making in our lives!
Praise the Lord our Father God is at His computer and what He is doing is perfect, because He is all-knowing and all-powerful.
Thank you, Karson, for reminding Gammy about who God is and what He is doing.