Who is in control?
With all that is happening throughout our world and particularly in our own nation, no doubt we are tempted to ask the question; "Who is in control?"
Some believe no one is in control and life is just the continuation of a "Big Bang" that happened a few billion years ago.
Others believe man is in control and that with his own "free will" he can determine his own destiny.
There are those who believe God is in control.
Those who believe man is in control view all that is happening from a strictly human viewpoint.
That kind of thinking has produced what in our day is known as Humanism.
Part of the Humanist Manifesto states, "...we can discover no divine purpose or providence for the human species...humans are responsible for what we are or will become.
"No deity will save us; we must save ourselves."
Such a statement denies the existence of God and in essence not only says that man is in control but also says that man is "god."
When men deny God and envision themselves as in control, they live their lives without any thought of having to answer to anyone but themselves.
Could this explain the crass individualism and unrestrained lawlessness which is so pervasive in our day?
When men view themselves as being the "supreme authority," this results in every man doing what is right in his own eyes.
Those who believe God is in control start with God rather than man.
They have a whole different view of life and of all that is happening in the world.
They believe God not only created the world but He is absolutely sovereign.
Therefore He is in control.
If He is not in control, He is not sovereign.
If He is not sovereign, He is not God.
The God of the Bible is a God that is absolutely sovereign.
No clearer statement of that truth can be found than the words of Psalm 115: 3 "But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases."
He does whatever He pleases because He is holy and righteous.
Men who acknowledge God is in control also acknowledge their accountability to Him.
Those who are aware that one day they will give an account to God do not do what is right in their own eyes.
They do what is according to God’s revealed will.
Two different viewpoints of who is in control results in two distinct ways of life.