“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6a
Is God “in control”? Is healing based on His timing? Does God “allow” things to happen? Does everything “happen for a reason”? Good questions! I’m glad you asked. I pray that this post would take the sword from your sheath and put it into your hand.
God is in charge, not in control.
There is a phrase that is so commonly used in Christian circles, it’s even used in the world! I hear it all the time, and we even put it in our songs! “God is in control”, I am not a heretic when I say, no He is not. God is not “in control”. This phrase is not in the Bible, it is not scriptural.
So, what do I mean when I say, God is not in control? All I am saying is, God is not divinely deciding who lives and who dies. He is not allowing the devil to do whatever he wants. God does not want you to live in sin. God does not want you to go to hell. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
God does not want you to be sick. But guess what? A lot of people are sick, dying, living in sin, and going to hell. Is that God’s fault? NO! God will only ever be blamed for sending His son to die for us while we were sinners. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Well why are bad things happening? “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” Psalms 115:16
We are the key ingredient in this divine recipe! We were made in the image of God. He gave the Earth to us. The stewardship of this planet belongs to us. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26-28
One of the most destructive phrases tossed around in the entire world (not just the church) is “well God allowed it to happen…” or “Why did God allow that?”
The question we should be asking is, “why did we allow that?”
God is not the author of evil. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Jesus is putting a difference between God and the enemy right here. Jesus brings life, the devil brings death, loss, and destruction. Put these two things in their proper categories.
Stealing, killing, and destroying: the devil.
Life, and life more abundantly: God.
We have responsibility! I’ve heard people say, “God doesn’t need us, he just wants to use us.” I completely disagree. This is the way God set this whole thing up. He has made everything in such a way to where He needs our involvement. He won’t do most things without us. Now I do understand that He does move sovereignly at times, that’s part of what makes Him God. But if you think that He is calling all of the shots, you’ll put a ceiling over your head and the power of God that is available to you. You have a sword! You have been given the kingdom of God. So many of the promises in the New Testament hinge on wether or not you believe! Check out these amazing verses, they speak for themselves:
“Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:19-20
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” John 20:21
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17-18
The primary issue with taking the sovereignty of God to the extreme is that it removes responsibility from you, and puts it on God. The kingdom is in our hands, and Holy Spirit is more than capable. Will you trust Him?
What about Job?
Without fail, when I talk to people about healing, or the power of God, someone will say “What about Job?” My response to them is always the same, “What about Jesus?” Let’s be childlike and realize this; we aren’t following Job, we’re following Jesus. We don’t even know what covenant Job was under. Each covenant had different promises from God, none of which Job had. We are under the New Covenant, the one that was started by the blood of the spotless lamb of God, Jesus Christ. “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.” Hebrews 8:6
“Well God allowed Job to be attacked” No He did not. Satan did not ask for Job. God mentioned him. And Satan said that if God took away Job’s blessings, he would curse God. Notice how God never said “well, I might just do that then.” God never negotiates with the devil. God says “all that he has is in your power.” Stop right there. This is where we think God allows Satan to attack Job. Read it, “And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person. ” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.” Job 1:12
Why is God saying this? Is this Satan’s permission slip? NO! Remember the garden? We were given the keys to the earth. And who did we give it to when we ate from the tree? Satan! God was only telling the devil, you could have done this a while ago. When did we get the keys back? When Jesus died for us and rose again! “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus said HE now has ALL authority! And guess who he commissioned with HIS authority? US! This will put integrity in you, and fire will rise up in you. Do not be run over by the devil. You are MORE than a conqueror through Jesus who loves us. God is for you and not against you. Take your sword, and fight! “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10
So what’s the point?
A belief about the sovereignty of God that leads you to a lack of responsibility is not the gospel. Jesus gave us His word, His Spirit, and His authority. You have all that you need. Go and walk in victory!