Is God really in control?

Many people are looking for meaning in tragedy. In a hope to comfort the broken-hearted, we’ve taught people to believe that God is in control. But is He? Was He in control of the drunk driver that ran the light, and took the lives of the family driving home from the movies? Was He in control of the man who repeatedly molested his nephew? Was He in control of the terrorists who took the lives of thousands of people on 9/11? If EVERYTHING is controlled by God, then why do we want to prosecute a rapist? If he’s in control, what’s the purpose of obedience and why punish rebellion? If EVERYTHING is controlled by God, what’s the point of prayer? Evangelism? Why would we be instructed to seek wisdom and use it if God is in control of everything we already do? Over 3oo times the word “IF” is mentioned in the bible. “If” implies a condition depending on a choice. Jesus stated “Your Father in Heaven is not willing that any one should perish.” (Matthew 18:14) God doesn’t want anyone to perish. That is His WILL…However people perish daily. The Bible would contradict itself if we believed God is in Control.

You see the scriptures doesn’t teach that God is in TOTAL control. We’ve looked for opportunities to strip ourselves of personal responsibility in hopes that God will do EVERYTHING for us. But it is unbiblical to do so.

Jesus Mind Principle #18: God’s sovereignty does not replace personal responsibility

We have learned about God’s sovereignty but many have never learned about personal sovereignty. God does nothing on Earth without a person’s permission. God is not in control of Earth. WE are! 

Foundational Scriptural References

  • Man was created to have “dominion” control/rulership over the earth. (Genesis 1:26)
  • He created all things, but He’s given the Earth to the “children of men.” (Psalm 115:16) 
  • He put everything under our feet. He gave us legal authority to rule and take responsibility over the things He created on the Earth. We are Earth’s stewards. (Psalm 8:6)


God chose to do things this way. God is a God of covenant. A covenant is a binding agreement, a contract that sets stipulations on 2 parties for an agreed upon will. God set up covenants so that we can be in a living agreement with Him. You must learn the covenants to know how to interact with the living God. Within this covenant, He stated that man would be responsible for the affairs of the Earth. God therefore needs permission, according to His OWN covenant to enter the Earth and execute His plans. His desire is to BE in control, but He is waiting on our permission. Jesus told Peter as a prophecy of the Church that, “Whatever we bind on Earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever we loose (allow) on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven.” (Matthew 18:18) Jesus clearly revealed the truth that our decisions on Earth determines the extent of Heaven’s intervention on our behalf. The destiny of the Earth is decided by our choices. In the end we know God’s plan will be done, but it will happen at the speed of our agreement with His Will. On a personal scale, even your destiny is decided by your choices. Think about it on a basic level…God woke you up, but if He’s in control of everything you do, did He brush your teeth for you this morning? Comb your hair? Or put your clothes on for you? He may have provided and blessed you with a job, a family, a sane mind…but the car you might have driven to work, tell Him to drive it for you, and see who’s in control. Understand this. God’s blessings are available, but they are not automatic. YOU have a part to play in the divine  manifestation of His presence and provision in your life. He DOES have a plan for your life, plans to prosper you and give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11) But God does nothing on Earth without a person’s permission. It’s why Jesus was so excited to get a body, become a man and live on the Earth to be able to pray the Father’s PERFECT will to be done on Earth so that it can happen. (SEE Hebrews 10:5-9)

The Bible is a book of decisions. God gives you options and opportunities, to operate different levels of your faith. If you don’t believe your choices matter to God, here are just three scriptures that disprove that.

  1. ” This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now CHOOSE life, so that you and your children may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19) 
  2. “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land.” (Isaiah 1:19)
  3. “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the Lord will set you high above all the nations on Earth.” (Deuteronomy 28:1)

God’s blessings are available, but they are not automatic. Nothing happens for you until you use your faith. God operates by a reward system. He loves you, cares for you…but He gives much more to those who prove themselves faithful to be trusted with more. He rewards your choices made in faith to His Voice and His Word…Here are some more scriptures that reveals that your choices matter to God.

  1. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
  2. “No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this life and in the life to come.” (Mark 10:29-30)
  3. “Without faith is impossible to please Him. For he that comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
  4. “Give and it will be given back to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.” (Luke 6:38)

I believe God is NOT in control of poverty, diseases, terrorist attacks. He’s not in control of those who become rich or stay broke or those who remain sick. Why do we ignore the fact that there IS a thief that comes to steal from you, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) He comes to steal your seed of faith so he can kill you slowly by destroying your hope, dreams and desire for the will of God to be done in your life. The thief makes people sick, broke, depressed. Your responsibility is to use the Word to overcome his devices and enforce the finished work of Christ in every area of your life.

The Jesus Mind understands that we are “Co-laborers” with God.  (1 Corinthians 3:9) That means He works with us and we work with Him.  We have a part to play in what He is up to. We have a responsibility in seeing the blessings and promises of God manifested in our lives. Your active obedience to His plans for your life gives God permission to work in, through and around your life. God is not in control of EVERYTHING in the Earth and in your life. Just the areas where we have yielded to Him, emptied our egos and allowed Him to be God, the LORD of all. Don’t take this post as a reason to remain in self-sufficiency. God wants to be and OUGHT to be in control of every area of your life. But don’t assume He already is.


6 thoughts on “Is God really in control?

  1. All things are of GOD. Good, evil, sickness, health, life, death, all is of God. Carnal man will never believe this even if it is declared unto him (ACTS 13:41). We make choices, sure, but God causes all things that result in us making the choice we do make. That is a powerful God. Even every thought we have is from God, even Saul wanting to murder David. To Him will go ALL THE GLORY.

    1 SAM 19:9 And the evil spirit from the Lord was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand. And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin

    1 Kings 22:20-21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. 22 And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he (GOD) said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.

    AMOS 4:3 For behold, He who forms mountains, And creates the wind, who declares to man what his thought is

    Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?

    LAM 3:37-38 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? 38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

    ISA 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things

    JOB 2:10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

  2. Thanks for commenting Pete…I understand that ALL things come from God. He created evil. He created a devil…The question however is how can God judge a person for a choice that he had no responsibility over? It’s unstable in God’s way to believe that

  3. HEB 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth

    From G3816; to train up a child, that is, educate, or (by implication) discipline (by punishment): – chasten (-ise), instruct, learn, teach.

    You see, in a great mystery, it is the judgments of God that are more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey (Psalm 19:9-10). We must come to learn and to know good and evil, to be like God and to know what true goodness is.

    It man who has perverted the truth of God’s word that is revealed only unto Babes. Judgment is good. Wrath is good. You shall surely die. It is good to be judged. Carnal man will think to avoid it, but it truly is sweet but to the flesh, it will be mourning, lamentations and woe. It is the WORD that judges us.

    Rev 10:10 Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.

    Ezek 2:9-10 Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10 Then He spread it before me; and there was writing on the inside and on the outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.

    You see, judgment only comes in this life to the Elect, the chosen of God. It begins at HIS HOUSE (1 Peter 4). The ungodly and the wicked, which we all are until God changes us, SHALL NOT stand in the judgment seat.

    Psalm 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,

    God is the potter, we are the clay, all the work of His hands. Like a computer, we are programmed and each of our days has already been predestined. Both the number of them and exactly what we will do. That is what Psalm 139 says and specifically 139:16

    You remember the story of Joseph and his brothers. They did evil and sold him into slavery. But it was actually God that did it, it was not them. God put the thought and the desire in their heart to do it.

    Gen 50:29-20 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

    He truly does work ALL THINGS for the greater good of those that love Him. But you see God even makes people love Him as Ezek 36 and Romans 5:5 state.

    Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us

    Ezek 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments

    ISA 63:17 O Lord, why have You made us stray from Your ways, And hardened our heart from Your fear?

    We will come to see, in our appointed time, that God is doing it all.

    Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh ALL THINGS after the counsel of his OWN WILL:
    2 COR 5:18 Now ALL THINGS are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ

  4. When we come to true faith, as given by God, not our choosing or thinking we chose, then we would know that all men are saved in the end. We will see the plan and the blessed hope. That is what will allow us and enable to shed no tear and to accept the tragedies and the calamities and sickness which the Lord most certainly does all of that as the Scriptures I have posted make clear. We live not for this life, but for the hope and promises to come. Here is that promise.

    1 COR 15 – For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

    Rev 5:13 – And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

    “Blessing and honor and glory and power
    Be to Him who sits on the throne,
    And to the Lamb, forever and ever

    REV 21:5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make ALL THINGS new.” And He said to me,“Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

    1 TIM 4:10-11 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach.

    This I shall do and God will impart faith to the hearers and reveal Himself as Savior of ALL MEN when this precious gift of faith comes.

    1. Your points have been wonderfully considered…but I don’t believe it is rightly dividing the word… Why then would God reward obedience or faithfulness in the end? “Well done good and faithful servant” vs. “Depart from me you worker of iniquity.”

  5. You state: I believe God is NOT in control of poverty, diseases, terrorist attacks. He’s not in control of those who become rich or stay broke or those who remain sick. Why do we ignore the fact that there IS a thief that comes to steal from you, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) He comes to steal your seed of faith so he can kill you slowly by destroying your hope, dreams and desire for the will of God to be done in your life. The thief makes people sick, broke, depressed. Your responsibility is to use the Word to overcome his devices and enforce the finished work of Christ in every area of your life.

    I won’t make a list of a bunch of scriptures to debate this. There was a time I would have wanted to argue about it to the death. =) One thing God has been teaching me is to simply trust and live my life in Sabbath rest leaning completely on His sovereignty.

    It IS hard to chew a lot of things that happen in this world. One road the enemy has often tried to take me down is the feeling that we are all just a bunch of pawns in a game for God’s enjoyment and that He doesn’t really care. That is a slippery slope and a very HUMAN thought.

    We have limited ability to understand God. His ways are not our ways. I get the point you are trying to make and it probably boils down to semantics. I say potato you say french fry. I don’t think you are speaking heresy.

    I think people often think of God as a magic genie. You rub His belly and He grants you a wish. “Oh mighty and gracious Father, give us world peace and food for every tummy, take away all sorrow and hurt and pain.”

    Well, isn’t that what God is working on and has been working on since the fall of man in the garden of Eden? To bring us back to the original state of perfection He ordained from the beginning?

    The enemy is alive and well and working overtime to keep this world in misery. Does that mean God is not in control? Read Job if you believe that. Horrible things happened to Job and God allowed it. What kind of God would do that? Job loved God. It’s perhaps one thing for God to let bad things happen to people who do not serve Him but we see that God let bad things happen to one of His best children.

    Faith is believing what we can’t see and don’t know for fact. If we did see and knew for fact it wouldn’t be faith. Believing in God’s complete control of all things, though they seem wrong, very very wrong, is faith.

    And, until we reach the point that we can surpass God (uhh, isn’t that what got Lucifer the beautiful angel to the point he is today??? yikes!) we have no right or room to question Him. As His beloved children we have every right to come boldly before His throne and ask for wisdom, revelation, discernment, and as much understanding as He sees fit to grant us but at some point we have to back off and let God be God whether we get it or not.


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