God is in Control

It’s so easy to give someone the advice, “don’t worry, God is in control,” but when a trial hits home it’s sometimes hard to consume those words for yourself.

It’s certainly not that we don’t believe that God is indeed in control, we know it… but doubt creeps in because the struggle seems so out of control. I’ve felt this lately. I’ve wondered, “is God really in this?”

My husband and I watched a short video sermon by Chip Ingram last week and it was packed with some wonderful reminders on how we can know for sure that God is without a doubt in control — especially for those times when you think He’s not.

Chip says, when we face troubled times and our Faith is wavering we need to ask ourselves this question: “Who is God?” And reflect on these three Truths…

1. God’s goodness. Psalm 84:11 says, “For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.”

2. God’s wisdom. Romans 11:33-36 reminds us, “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.”

3. God’s Sovereignty. Which of course we all know the verse well… “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

It is often hard to take our attention off of our present turmoil and on to the Truth of just “who” God really is, but the Spirit is leading us there. We must reject the flesh that leads us astray and follow the Spirit that causes these truths to surface in our hearts.

For adversity we must dwell on and believe fully in Gods true character. It’s the only way to survive life’s difficulties.

Chip also shared this wonderful acrostic on what God provides for all those He loves when times are hard…

H ope for tomorrow

E ndurance for today

L earning in my experience

P erspective for the past

Love that. Love Him for that.

Here’s the video if you’d like to watch yourself: Chip Ingram – Three Ways to Know God is in Control 
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5 Responses

01.12.12

Heidi, I can relate. It is so easy to tell someone to have faith but when we are the ones going through the trial it is can be hard to have the faith ourselves. Thank you for this encouragement. Love the acrostic.
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01.12.12

Great encouragement, Heidi! I love that acrostic too!
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01.12.12

Love that acrostic, Heidi. What great truths to remember when we are feeling like God is far away from our present circumstances.

Many blessings!

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01.12.12

I love this! I have read it three times now. Very huge encouragement for me:)

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Oh, I’m so glad you shared this…and I waited until now to read through it. Perfect words for today! Thank you, Heidi – wonderful truth to remember and meditate upon. I especially love the Psalm 84:11. Be blessed, my friend 🙂
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