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God Is In Control!

I know that you can do all things, and that no plan of Yours can be thwarted. (Job 42:2)

Here, after all Job's terrible suffering, after all his losses, after his faith has been stretched to the very limits and then some, Job humbly acknowledges God's omnipotence and power. He has learned what something that we all need to learn: God is ALWAYS in control.

Every circumstance that touched Job's life was under God's control. First he lost his livestock and his servants to three separate instances of enemy raiders and fire. Then all his children were killed by a mighty wind that caused the house to collapse on them. Then he was afflicted with painful sores from the top of his head to the soles of his feet. Terrible, crushing losses and suffering.

The fact that it is God himself who is in control of Job's circumstances is seen in verses 1:6-12 and 2:1-7. God deliberately allows Satan to afflict Job in all these ways. Yet He also limited Satan's power, he could only do what God allowed, no more.

It is not necessary that we understand God's reasons for what He allows. We may never understand why bad things happen to us. In Isaiah 55:8-9, God tells us "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." What is important is not our understanding of God's purpose, but our sure knowledge that God has it all under control.

Job's poor wife was not as humble as he was. She showed her own lack of understanding of God's omnipotence when she told Job to "Curse God and die." (Job 2:9) And what was Job's response to all this?

You talk like a foolish woman! What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and not evil? (Job 2:10)

When disaster strikes, when calamity touches your life and my life, we must humbly know, as Job knew, that God is in control of it all - the bad things as well as the good. Nothing happens that is apart from His will and His plan. He is PRO-active, not RE-active; in other words, He doesn't just react to some circumstance, but carefully and lovingly planned that circumstance.

Hard to believe, but true: God is in control of the bad things that touch our lives, as well as the good. He doesn't operate on whim, emotion, or any human reasoning; He has a plan and a purpose, and is always in complete control of every circumstance.


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