2. Is God in control?

Last week we started a new series about Moses. I spoke about his bad beginning in life. He was one of thousands of Hebrew boys, born to slaves in Egypt, an absolute nobody in the eyes of the Egyptian rulers. But even worse than that, after his birth, he was destined to die. The Pharaoh and the Egyptian rulers had become alarmed at the rate at which the Hebrew population grew, they were afraid that they might overthrow them if they continue to multiply at this rate. They therefore decreed that all the newborn Hebrew boys should be thrown into the Nile river to drown.

What an awful thing to do! It must have been heartbreaking! I can just imagine the cries of heartbroken parents trying to save their precious little boys, trying to protect them from the ruthless, armed military men. They must have cried out to God, praying that He would help them, praying that He will come and rescue their children. But nothing happened. As far as we know all of them were killed, except for Moses.

The parents must have thought that the Lord had abandoned them. They must have thought that He didn't care. I think that a lot of them might even have turned against Him for allowing this to happen. 'How could He stand by and watch this happen?' They might have thought. Now we all know the story and we know that God did take vengeance on the Egyptians and He did bring them to their knees. But do you realize that it was 80 years after this incident? That is an immensely long time! Most of the parents who lost their children didn't even see the Lord taking vengeance. They must have died thinking that the Lord never helped them. Or maybe just maybe, they died with the hope that He will deliver them. Maybe they remembered what the Lord said to Abraham:

"You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, and they will be oppressed as slaves for four hundred years. But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth." Genesis 15:13,14

I truly hope that they remembered this promise of the Lord and they held unto it! I really do, it might have eased the pain of losing their sons.

Today we look around us and we also see a vast amount of injustice being done. We see murder, rape, kidnappings, bribery, embezzlement of money etc etc. And we might sometimes wonder where is God in all of this? Does He not see what is going on? We might even feel angry at Him especially when our family and friends are affected.

Just remember one thing, God is the Judge of all the earth and not one thing escapes His attention, not even one done in secret. He will judge and He will take vengeance at His appropriate time. It will happen. But it is not our job to take it in our own hands and it definitely is not our right to criticize Him. Our duty is to pray for our country and to pray for our protection. We have to, it is imperative that we do (I will do a whole teaching on that at another time). And after we've done all we can, we then need to trust in Him. Whenever I feel that all the injustice is getting too much for me I turn to Job 38 - 41 and then I realize once again how small I am and that all the answers lie in Him. There is no one like Him. I will end off with a few quotations from Job:

"Who is this that questions My wisdom with such ignorant words? Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me if you know so much." Job 38: 2, 4

"Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God's critic, but do you have the answers?" Job 40:1

"Are you going to discredit My justice and condemn Me so you can say you are right? Are you as strong as God, and can you thunder with a voice like His?" Job 40:8, 9

Lord, You are absolutely in control. You are Sovereign and we give our lives to You. Please forgive us our sins and lead us into Your life everlasting. As we know only there will be true peace and quiet. Thank you Lord. Amen

3 comments for “2. Is God in control?”

  1. Gravatar of MadelMadel
    Posted Thursday, 26 April 2012 at 4:19:34 PM

    What a beautiful message, thanks!

  2. Gravatar of HenriHenri
    Posted Monday, 30 April 2012 at 12:11:52 PM

    We should never try to fit God into our thought processes. He is sovereign.Although it is difficult to accept suffering we need to always take God on his promises that He wants to give us life in abundance as contained in John 10:10. As you say: Trust God on His promises!Thank you for confirming this.

  3. Gravatar of mariskamariska
    Posted Friday, 04 May 2012 at 3:07:02 PM

    Wow,this was the question on my heart..'How much control do we have over our lifes?' Thanks Ilze,confirmed that our expectation and hope should be in God alone! And my prayer is that the 'control-freak' in me must die!

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