Is God In Control Of The World?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer one of them.
Question: Is God in Control of the world at this time? And if so please give documentation.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Rochelle.
God is always in control. Let us document that.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”
God is the ultimate power.
Romans 13:1 tells us, “there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God“. Even the rulers of the earth have been put into their positions by our Father. They all serve a purpose which essentially is the fulfillment of our Father’s Grand Plan (also reference Psalms 75:7).
While God is the ultimate power. Satan is the god of this world and “the whole world lieth in wickedness” (2 Corinthians 4:4, 1 John 5:19, Ephesians 2:2). God allows Satan and his children to fulfill the negative aspects in our Father’s plan.
However, Satan and his children are only allowed to go so far, they do not have absolute power over the earth as God does.
A great example of this can be found in the book of Job. Let us turn there for a moment.
8 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
9 “Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?”
10 “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”
Satan is saying to our Father, sure Job is a great man because you are protecting him from me.
“And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”
Notice, God has the power, but He turned it over to Satan. He allowed Satan to have a little control, but our Father drew a line in the sand. God told Satan not to place his hand on Job, meaning Satan was not allowed to kill Job. Documenting Satan can only accomplish what our Father will allow.
This is a very important topic. If we understand our Father controls even the leaders of our world including Satan, ‘whom shall we fear‘ (Psalms 27:1)?
In closing please turn with me to,
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Ultimately, we are talking about the Tribulation of Satan.
What are we to do?
Suit up with the whole armour of God so that we may stand against who?
Who controls Satan?
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Satan is the highest office of wickedness.
“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.”
The prince of this world is Satan and when he is cast from Heaven to earth by Michael, Revelation 12:9 will be our reality. It will be the beginning of the Tribulation. The Saints of Almighty God will be suited up with the whole armour of God to make a stand for our Father who is always in control! “Whom shall ye fear?”