God Is In Control

Have you started for glory and heaven,
Have you left this old world far behind;
In your heart is the Comforter dwelling,
Can you say, “Praise the Lord, He is mine”
Have the ones that once walked on the highway,
Gone back, and you seem all alone?
Keep your eyes on the prize, for the home in the skies.
God is still on the throne.
God is still on the throne,
And He will remember His own;
Though trials may press us and burdens distress us,
He never will leave us alone;
God is still on the throne,
He never forsaketh His own;
His promise is true, He will not forget you,
God is still on the throne.
Burdened soul, is your heart growing weary
With the toil and the heat of the day;
Does it seem that your path is more thorny
As you journey along on life’s way?
Go away and in secret before Him
Tell your grief to the Savior alone;
He will lighten your care, for He still answers prayer;
God is still on the throne.
You may live in a tent or a cottage,
Unnoticed by those who pass by;
But a mansion for you He is building
In that beautiful city on high;
It will outshine the wealth and the splendor
Of the richest on earth we have known;
He’s the architect true, and He’s building for you;
God is still on the throne.
He is coming again, is the promise
To disciples when He went away;
In like manner as He has gone from you,
You will see Him returning some day;
Does His tarrying cause you to wonder,
Does it seem He’s forgotten His own?
His promise is true, He is coming for you;
God is still on the throne.

“God is Still on the Throne”, by Kittie L. Suffield, 1884-1972

Back in the old days where stores weren’t as prevalent as they are today, we had various types of travelling salesmen who would travel around by a horse and buggy or a wagon, going from farm to farm with medicine, tools, pots and pans, maybe vegetables and such for people to buy.  Some time later he might have been know as the Fuller Brush Man, who did the same thing, come door to door with everything from brushes of all types, to household products for cleaning like mops and solutions.  He also sold salves and ointments for everyone in the house right down to your pet.  But there was something he couldn’t provide…

We are always looking for the most simple and easy way to manoeuvre through life.  We live in a difficult world and often feel ill-equipped to handle it without the proper tools.  God knows all about it.  We can’t find what we need in a solution or a cream or a pill.  We need divine power and God can provide that in boatloads.

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV), we are told, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.  Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

Our Bibles are our instruction manuals, tool kits and precious promises.  But it’s transforming benefits can only be accessed if we study it closely, not from a distance.  It literally contains everything we need, for a godly life, which is God’s desire for us.

In Daniel 7:14 it says, Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.”  God made the world and all that is in it for His Son, Jesus.  Jesus’ kingdom will never be destroyed.  He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.  In Matthew 28:18 it is confirmed, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”  Another confirmation of who is in control is in Psalm 103: 19, The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.”  Even from the Old Testament, before Jesus came, to after He came, He was in control and is still in control.  God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ’s sovereignty is complete and never ending.  Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  Jesus is all in all.

When we see bad things happen in the world some wonder why did God let that happen.  Whatever happens God is present and will always find a way to make something good out of the bad.    Proverbs 16:4 says,  “The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.”  Colossians 1:16-17, “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  One day this world will change beyond anything you can imagine.  For those who belong to Jesus we know it will be a world without pain, tears and evil things.  It will be glorious.

Whether you know it or not and whether you follow Jesus or not, He knows you inside out.  We were made to have a relationship with Him.  I just recently heard a testimony of someone who said that when he cleaned up his act he would seek Jesus.  Jesus isn’t asking you to clean up your act before you seek Him, He wants you to come to as you are with all your faults, with open hearts and He will take care of your mess.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”  The message is to not fret, but to know—and be confident—that all things are in God’s control.

Don’t let the world’s instability cause you to lose hope.  Jesus is our hope.  If you live for Him, you will prosper regardless of what happens around you.  God is in control.

When you seek Him, with all your heart, you will find Him.  If you want to get started in a walk with Jesus, pray this little prayer, turn everything over to Him, just as you are and see what He can do with you.