It is a truth that we don’t know what the next minute holds. We are not guaranteed our next breath, our next meal, another day on earth. Our lives are in the Lord’s Hands–He is Sovereign Lord over all the earth.
Do you believe this? You may be able to believe this when countries far away are ravaged by war, or when natural disasters occur in other states, or when other people suffer disease or tragedy. But, do you believe that God is in control of your life and the lives of your loved ones when tragedy strikes close to home.
I have testified that I believe God gave me cancer 9 years ago. (Read My Cancer Testimony.) Your view of God may not be ok with that, but it makes no sense to me, rationally or Biblically, to say that God is in control, that He is Sovereign, knows everything that is going to happen ahead of time, that He would and did send His own Son to the cross to die, but that He didn’t or wouldn’t give me cancer. Did He love His own Son less than me, that He would plan for Him to suffer, but refuse to allow the same to happen to me. I must trust His Love, as well as His Wisdom as He exercises His Authority and Ruling Power over my life. He loves me and knows what’s best for me.
How often do we say this very thing to our own children? You exemplify this truth every time you do something to them that hurts, something as simple as combing the snarls out of your little girl’s hair to insisting they have an operation when needed to save their life. We give them nasty-tasting medicine that will make them well, and say, “I have to do this, but it’s for your own good!” We’re showing that we believe that God’s children have to experience hurt sometimes at the Hand of a Loving Father, who knows what is best.
Where the rubber meets the road in my theology is when something bad happens to one of my children. Is God still in control? Last night our much-loved 21-year-old daughter had a bad accident. She hit a deer, driving about 60 mph, lost control, spun around, and then rolled the vehicle down into a ditch. We got a call about 9:30 p.m. She sounded distraught, and I knew something was the matter immediately. I will withhold the details, so that she may tell them, if she chooses.
We thank and praise our Lord and Savior that she was able to walk away from the accident. She is fine. We also thank and praise God that our vehicle was totalled. We will have to start searching for a new vehicle soon. We must thank Him for everything, though it hurts sometimes, because we don’t know everything that He knows, or how it works for our good. But we do know that He is working all things together for our good, to them that love God and are the called according to His purpose, to conform us to the image of His dear Son, Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:28-29)
God, in His sovereignty, ordained that our daughter should have a bad accident last night. He decided that we’d driven our minivan long enough, and we needed a change. He determined that we should have our daughter with us one more day. Thank you, Sovereign Lord.