Friday, March 25, 2011

Thinking Biblically in a Chaotic World - Part 2

Given the perils we face in this world, how are we to think? Yesterday we looked at God’s control over nations. Today we examine God’s control over nature. Look for example at Job 38. In verse 8 we read “Or who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth and issued from the womb; when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band; when I fixed my limit for it, and set bars and doors; when I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!’”

As you read these chapters in Job, you see that God is in control of all of nature. It all responds to his command. Weren’t the disciples amazed when they said of Christ, “Even the wind and the waves obey him?”

In Matthew 10:29 we read “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.”

So we see that the sea and the wind and even the death of sparrows is all under God’s control and these things happen according to his will. We don’t claim to understand the reasons for God’s actions at many points, but we should never say that things are out of control. God has an active role in the world and manages it according to his will.

So whether it is political, international activity or the seemingly wild ways of “nature” we know that God is at work. He is worthy to be praised and feared for who he is and for what he has done.

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