What five Bible quotes can remind us that God is in complete control at all times?
Daniel 2:21 “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”
I know that Solomon understood God’s omnipotence (all-powerful) because he wrote that God “looses the bonds of kings and binds a waistcloth on their hips” (Job 12:18), and “he pours contempt on princes and loosens the belt of the strong” (Job 12:21) at His discretion and as He pleases. He is always and forever in control.
Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
Solomon asks the rhetorical question, “Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it” (Lam 3:37), with the obvious answer being only God can speak a thing and make it come to pass. Even a word isn’t spoken that the Lord hasn’t known before, as the psalmist explains, “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether” (Psalm 139:4).
Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.”
There is no one or nothing that could ever compare to God. He declares what the end will be even before it’s begun! Wow! Whatever man plans, God will accomplish His will and His purpose, for His “counsel shall stand,” and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.”
In biblical times, kings held vast power with huge kingdoms and controlled enormous armies. But to God, the king’s heart is nothing more than “a stream of water” in His mighty hands. So guess who’s really in charge (hint: it’s not the king!)? God will turn any king’s (or powerful ruler’s) heart effortless and to whatever direction He wills and for His purposes.
John 10:28-29 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”
This might seem like a strange choice for a Bible quote that reminds us that God is always in charge, but Jesus is reassuring His listeners (and readers today) that He controls their eternal security, just as if we were in the palm of His hand. Not only that, we are secure in the Father’s hand, too. God’s never going to let us slip from His grace grip (John 6:37, 39).
Has it ever occurred to you that nothing’s ever occurred to God? He’s never had to learn anything because He knows everything. He is in total control. We might like to think we are ruled by human governments, but where man rules, God overrules because “the Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19), and “God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3). The greatest reminder that God’s in control takes us from today all the way to “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).
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May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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