“Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Crash Lands”

“509 Homes Destroyed in Colorado Spring Wild Fire”    

Headlines like these beg the questions: “Is God in control or not?” “If He is in control, then why do bad things happen to good people?”  and, “When we’re faced with tragedy, how should we respond?”  In difficult circumstance, believers often attempt to comfort each other with spiritual clichés like these.  “Well, you know, God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts.”  “Don’t worry, all things work together for our good.”  Or perhaps for the more cynical, “God is trying to teach you something.”

Those may sound good, but they don’t help.  I have found that many believers who have personally experienced tragedy will state with their mouth that God is good but in their heart they don’t believe it.  Have you ever felt that way?

The answer to these questions lies in understanding the difference between control and sovereignty.  Control implies an absolute dominion over that which is governed.  Sovereignty implies absolute ownership of that which is governed, the highest authority.

Exercising absolute control means forcing others to do your will.  If God exercised absolutely control there would be no question to outcomes.  There would be no sin or evil on earth.  But in God’s sovereignty He has chosen to limit His control and work through people.  He has given the human race authority and a free will and He will not violate that.
If God is in Control

Again, I am probably challenging someone’s doctrine, but I hope it will cause you to think and look for answers.  To help I have written a book entitled, If God is in Control, Then Why?…  It will help you to understand how to trust a just God in an unjust world that seems fraught with tragedy.

To order, go to my online store or call 303-797-1139.  God bless you!

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