“I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things… I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host. I have stirred him up in righteousness, and I will make all his ways level; he shall build my city and set my exiles free, not for price or reward.” Isaiah 45:5-7, 12-13
Consider with me for a moment, the prayers made to God by his children:
“God, please help…”
“God, please heal…”
“God, thank you for…”
Each one of theses statements, and so many of like nature, appeal to the sovereignty of God and the expectation that he is able to do, or has already done, something solely by his ability. We find comfort in the fact that God is in control and, as his children, works all things for our good (Romans 8:28).
I was reminded of this again a little while ago when a post showed up on my Facebook feed that someone had shared, a quote by Barry Bennett:
Why do so many Christians insist that God controls all things when He can’t even control them? He didn’t control Adam. He didn’t control Cain. Exactly who does God control? Was God controlling the storm that Jesus rebuked? Did God make everyone sick that Jesus healed? Was Jesus undoing God’s will and thwarting His control? Does God make you drive the speed limit? Does God make you always act out of love? Did God send the church into all the world with the good news and does He then go and kill those lost people with natural disasters to prove how good He is?
…God is not controlling all things.
It is quotes like this that clearly undermine what God himself says in his word about his sovereignty and control. It causes confusion at best and turns people away from the living God at worst.