Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 19:14-20:21 / Acts 28:1-16 / Psalm 83:1-18
Is God really in control? Some doubt He desires to be in control, others debunk His power to take control, while others trust He is in control. I know the question of God’s control opens up a Pandora box filled with a whole lot of questions and very few answers. But remember, the devil began his conversation in the garden with a question…questioning God’s control!
The Assyrian king, Sennacherib, believed he was in control…not God. There was no nation, army or god able to stand against the force of Assyria. Sennacherib did as he pleased, overthrowing and defeating everything in his way.
God spoke against Sennacherib and said, “Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone. But I know where you stay and when you come and go and how you rage against me. Because you rage against me and your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.” (2 Kings 19:25,27,28)
God told Sennacherib that his victories were orchestrated and ordained by God himself. The Assyrian king was not in charge or control – God was! God used Sennacherib for His own purpose…God was behind the victories and God would be behind his soon defeat!
Hezekiah cried out to a God whom he doubted was in control. God reminded Hezekiah that He was always in control…no matter what it looked like or how Hezekiah felt. Trust in God is one of the greatest strengths in our lives...simply believing God knows what He is doing.
Look at the past…God works all things together for your good. Look at the present…God has a divine purpose for our lives. Look to the future…God always wins. We can trust that He IS in control!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!