A previous post, God’s prescience and providence in the Petra Anderson incident, begat an interesting insight from a commenter, who admitted…
If God planned the path of the bullet that didn’t kill Petra, then He planned the paths of the bullets that DID kill the other twelve. Not so comforting a thought to me.
This is a very important insight. We love to highlight God’s sovereign control over every detail, when extraordinary deliverances occur. But what about all the many times rescue from danger is not supplied? Tsunamis, earthquakes, crime incidents, epidemic diseases, political turmoil, car accidents…the list on this sin-cursed planet is literally unending.
Is God still in perfect control in those situations?
The Bible’s answer is unequivocally YES!
God is never asleep at the wheel of His creation. He never overlooks a detail, misses a beat, or leaves events to chance. He is on His throne, ruling His kingdom with absolute authority. So when “bad things” happen, we need to filter them through the grid of acknowledging that God is not only in control but that He is good.
Here are some verses that demonstrate this biblical teaching:
Job 1:21 The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Job 2:10 Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Dan 9:14 Therefore the Lord has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice.
Rom 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Ps 115:3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
This is what undergirded my response to the commenter, which I share with you:
You’re absolutely right, that is exactly what the Bible teaches. I find it very comforting to know that when anything happens to me, it is by God’s permission, in His will, for my ultimate good and His glory. If I thought for a second that bullets were outside of his control, I’d be a basket case! We don’t fear death when we know God is in command.
What would your response be?