If you’ve ever been asked that question, you usually have the feeling that you don’t want to be the one to answer, “I am.” Even if there isn’t anything negative tied to it, it’s an intimidating question. But often, we ask that question subconsciously in our day to day lives, “Who is in charge of what happens to me?” In Kid’s Club last week, we studied the goodness of God and understood that not only do all good gifts come from God, but also that all things that come from God are good. I asked the kids this question: “Are brussel sprouts good?” As you can expect, I got the usual “Ew”s mixed with a couple yesses, but my favorite answer was, “Yes. *confused look* No. *confused look* Yes. No no no. I don’t know.”
When we see God acting in our lives, sometimes we have that same response. Is this a good thing? Yes, it came from God. No, it doesn’t seem very good to me. But I know it is, but it doesn’t feel good……..” At the end of the day, whether it seems good to us or not, we understand that everything God does is good. He is the one in control.
Jeroboam undoubtedly didn’t think God’s actions were very good when, in 1 Kings 14, God allowed Jeroboam’s son, Abijah to die. But even in this passage, we see the wickedness, deception, and selfishness of Jeroboam. God had allowed Jeroboam to be king in Israel, but because of Jeroboam’s sin, God removed not just him, but his line from reigning in the future. Ultimately, this was in the best interest of Israel, God’s chosen people. God was in control.
One means of control that we see in our day to day lives comes in the form of rules and regulations. In Ezekiel 44, God sets out a number of rules for the worship. Israel had already violated many of the rules regarding worshipping God, and now God is levying sanctions against them. Ultimately, God’s jealousy over correct worship both is in Israel’s best interest and gives us an example that we ought to heed as we consider our own worship. Israel rebelled in action, but God was still in control.
If those examples weren’t enough, both Psalms 97-98 and Colossians 1 explicitly state God’s direct authority over all creation. When you are tempted to wonder if God is really in control, I would encourage you to go back to these chapters and see it clearly laid out in black and white. There is no greater comfort in times of uncertainty than to know the character of God, to know that all good gifts come from Him, and to know that, like a good father, He always has your best interests at heart.
Who’s in charge here? God is. God, the Unchangeable, the Source of all good, the One who loves you, and the One who gave everything for you. He’s in charge. You can trust Him!