Here are seven Bible verses that remind us that God is always in control.
When Joseph was thrown into a pit to be left to die, his brothers sold him into slavery; and then he was taken by Potiphar, the Pharaoh’s captain of the guard but then was thrown into prison when falsely accused of trying to take Potiphar’s wife. While in prison, he interpreted dreams of the baker and butler and later interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, which ended up saving millions of lives, as they had to save grain during seven good years for seven years of famine to come. When Joseph finally saw his brothers, he said, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20). So understand this: God can use evil for good. Just look at the cross for the supreme example of that.
I was asked why bad things happen to good people and why good things happen to bad people. My only answer was that none of us are really good (Romans 3:12) because we all fall far short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), so there are not really any good people. Only God is good, as Jesus said (Mark 10:18). But we can rest in this: God is still in control, and everything that happens will always work out for our best.
The Apostle Paul seemed to have suffered more than the other apostles did but he still trusted God in all things. He knew that all he could do was to learn how to be content in whatever situation he found himself in. He could be content because God was going to strengthen him in all of his circumstances in life (Phil 4:13). God has not changed; He can strengthen you too in times of difficulty.
When the Apostle Peter was preaching to the crowd about how they killed Jesus, he wanted them to know that this was foretold long ago by the prophets of God, so God was not caught by surprise. In fact, “God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled” (Acts 3:18). If Jesus had not been murdered, we’d all still be in our sins. God is and was in control, even at the crucifixion.
Ephesians Chapter 1 is one of the most amazing chapters in the Bible because it reveals that God had purposed long ago to redeem us. This plan was written before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), which means before we were even born. How amazing that God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Ephesians 1:4). So we know for certain that God is always in control.
When the disciples were caught in a fierce storm in the middle of the night, they were worried that they’d perish; but Jesus was fully aware of what was going to happen and calmed the storm since He is the God of the storms (and everything else). The storm wasn’t in control; Jesus was and still is!
After Jesus’ resurrection He met two men, and “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:47). When Paul was taken before King Agrippa, he told him, “That the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles” (Acts 26:23). His point was that God was still in control, even in the mock trial and travesty of justice at Calvary where the sinless Jesus was crucified.
It’s hard to trust at times when things are not going very good, but we can trust our God because He is always in control. Not even a sparrow falls to the ground that He’s not aware of or that He doesn’t allow (Matthew 10:29). The only question is, do you believe it?
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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