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Who’s Steering this Ship?

Do you ever wonder if you could do a better job of running this tumultuous world than God is doing? Or if that seems too vast, perhaps simply your own life? I definitely have moments when I struggle to believe that God is as concerned as I am about some of the more difficult details of my life.

Of course, in our more objective moments, we can easily recognize that these jobs are far too big for us, but I still can’t help but wonder why God doesn’t sometimes do what I personally think would be best. I can be tempted to believe that this world, or particular details of my life, are spinning out of control, as if God has been negligent in looking after them.

But then I remember how big God is; that His ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts than my thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).

God is not oblivious to our circumstances, nor is He negligent in His Lordship. He is not ignoring us and nor are we hidden from Him. God Himself asks us, “‘Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:24a). Then God answers Himself with a rhetorical question: “‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:24b). In other words, we aren’t hidden from God, and nor has He missed any of the latest news headlines, for God’s presence fills the earth as well as the entire universe!

Not only that, but the Bible assures us that God has complete authority throughout the earth. Psalm 82:8 says “Arise, O God, judge the earth! For it is You who possesses all the nations.” And Psalm 83:1-2, 17-18 appeals for God to act on that authority in response to His enemies, “O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, and those who hate you have exalted themselves… Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, and let them be humiliated and perish, that they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.”

This tells us that God:

  • fills all the earth,
  • possesses all the earth, and
  • is presiding as the Lord over all the earth.

And each of those great truths apply to every single happening and heartache in our lives, because we are residents of this earth that the Most High God rules over.

So in light of that, do I still feel tempted to think that this world – or any aspects of my life – are spinning out of control as if God has been negligent in looking after things? Do I still wonder if I could do a better job than Him?

John Newton, the author of the famous hymn, Amazing Grace, once wrote, “If it were possible for me to alter any part of His plan, I could only spoil it.” God knows what He’s doing, and will ably steer us and this world into His will as His wise and sovereign plans unfold. And as He does so, He invites us to pray and obey rather than to complain and interfere.

Yes, God knows what He’s doing, and quite honestly, we as stumbling sinners don’t. So every day, I must choose to trust Him as I call out to Him to perform His perfect will in all the situations that trouble me in my life and in this complicated world. And every day, I must follow the leading of His Spirit in how I respond to those situations, because God knows exactly how every situation is meant to work out. As our “enemies make an uproar,” that is the only way we will be able to respond with perfect peace.

© 2017 by Ken Peters

From Pastor Ken’s blog.

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