"Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." James 1:22 (NKJV)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Our God is in Control

This is one of those mid-week posts that really has nothing to do with The James 1:22 Project.

Christina (my wife) and I were listening to Steven Curtis Chapman's latest CD, Beauty Will Rise, yesterday. Chapman's five-year old daughter, Maria, was killed in an accident in 2008. She was accidentally hit by an SUV driven by her older brother. I can't imagine the anguish the Chapman family went through. Beauty Will Rise is the CD that came out of the ashes. I was thinking of the Chapman family as we listened to the CD yesterday, and I was greatly moved and encouraged by one song in particular---Our God is in Control. I wanted to share some of the lyrics.

This is not how it should be
This is not how it could be
This is how it is
And our God is in control

This is not how it will be
When we will finally see
We'll see with our own eyes
He was always in control

And we’ll sing
Holy Holy Holy is our God
And we will finally really understand what it means
So we’ll sing
Holy Holy Holy is our God

While we’re waiting for that day
This is not where we planned to be
When we started this journey
This is where we are
And Our God is in control

Though this first taste is bitter
There will be sweetness forever
When we finally taste and see
That Our God is in control

God is mysterious and sometimes His ways are incomprehensible. When tragedy occurs, it's so tempting for us to say that it's the random result of living in a fallen and sinful world. We want to excuse God from responsibility for our pain and loss. There is little comfort or hope, however, in believing that our lives are a series of random events and that our God is a casual bystander. The only hope we have in tragedy is the hope that Steven Curtis Chapman found. It comes from faith that our God is always in control. The universe belongs to Him, and He is working out his purpose in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11. There is a plan and purpose for everything in our lives. He uses everything to make us more like Jesus. Romans 8:28-32. Though the first taste of loss may be bitter, "there will be sweetness forever."

1 comment:

  1. I have been listening to this cd non-stop throughout the last month. It is beautiful and comforting to know God is control!