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God Has Things Under Control

God Has Things Under Control

The Church of England is in a bad way.  People holding the office of bishop are openly defying God Almighty and the Formularies of the Church.  Still others feign they have no ability to bring biblical discipline into mix because it is beyond their power. That too is untrue. They have no problem in disciplining clergy for being too faithful to their ordination vows.  To the faithful, these times are alternatively frightening, maddening, and the source of a lot of anxiety.

All of that is understandable in a moment of time but as the children of the One who spoke and the world leapt into existence, we need to remember there is no need to allow those concerns become a burden.  Jesus really does have it under control.

The frustrating thing for us on this side of eternity is that we want him to fix the problem—now.  We think, “How dare they challenge the Lord?”  “How dare they speak falsely in his name?”

We would do well to remember that word spoken through Isaiah in 55:8-11, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Things may look like they are in utter chaos but God is working things out his way.   He is not running to and fro through heaven shouting, “Plan B!  We have to switch to Plan B!!.”  The universe really is under his control.  False teachers have the loudest microphone now and the levers of power in the church structures but it will not always be so.

We have a microscopic human’s eye view of what is going on in God’s economy.  God’s view is simultaneously macro and micro. His view is comprehensive and exhaustive. He knows the end from the beginning. We, however, are feeling the waves slap on our legs and hearing the winds howling in our ears and it is tempting to take our eyes off Jesus as did the Apostle Peter when he went to meet Jesus on the water.  That got him in trouble—as it will us.

We have to stop doing that.

We do not have the power of God to bring things aright but he does and he will.

If you want to cause false teachers to lose their minds—look them in the eye and tell them that they are sinning, need to repent, and that God will overturn their innovations and hold them accountable for them—and smile.  

Why?  Because it is true.

God will not be thwarted no matter how many tactile apostolically successible false teachers claim otherwise.  Team Trinity wins.

At an earlier junction in Church history, a former Augustinian monk was in a situation as bad as Elisha and Gehazi at Dothan.  Steeped in the psalmody of the Old Testament Church, he wrote a hymn that spoke to the situation then as it does now.

Memorise it.  Sing it with gusto—because it is still true.

 

A mighty Fortress is our God,

A Bulwark never failing;

Our Helper He amid the flood

Of mortal ills prevailing:

For still our ancient foe

Doth seek to work us woe;

His craft and power are great,

And, armed with cruel hate,

On earth is not his equal.

2

Did we in our own strength confide,

Our striving would be losing;

Were not the right Man on our side,

The Man of God’s own choosing:

Dost ask who that may be?

Christ Jesus, it is He;

Lord Sabaoth His Name,

From age to age the same,

And He must win the battle.

3

And though this world, with devils filled,

Should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God hath willed

His truth to triumph through us:

The Prince of Darkness grim,

We tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure,

For lo! his doom is sure,

One little word shall fell him.

4

That word above all earthly powers,

No thanks to them, abideth;

The Spirit and the gifts are ours

Through Him who with us sideth:

Let goods and kindred go,

This mortal life also;

The body they may kill:

God’s truth abideth still,

His Kingdom is forever.

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