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Is God In Control?

October 1, 2018

“In the third year of the reign of King Jehoiakim of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it.  The Lord handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with some of the vessels from the house of God.” (Daniel 1:1-2a CSB)

Life doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes we find ourselves in times or seasons of life that are uncomfortable or hard, circumstances that we would not have chosen for ourselves.  

This was true for Daniel and the young men of Judah, as they faced difficult conditions that were imposed upon them. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had laid siege to Jerusalem and ordered Ashpenaz “to bring some of the Israelites from the royal family and from the nobility” (v.3) to Babylon. Daniel was one of many who were taken captive in this way. They were isolated from their families. They were forced to learn a new language. They were indoctrinated in every way in the culture of Babylon. They were even given new names that honored the Babylonian gods. Without a doubt, this would have been a difficult and traumatic time for these young men.

Where was God in this moment? Why didn’t He stop what was happening? Why didn’t He step in and intervene? In reality, God was very much at work in the situation. God had not abandoned His people.  He had not turned His back and washed His hands of them, allowing them to be taken into captivity by a foreign power. Verse 2 tells us that “The Lord handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to” Nebuchadnezzar. It was the Lord’s hand at work that had brought about these circumstances in the first place. As difficult as it was, what was occurring for the people was part of the sovereign purposes of God. It was His hand at work in their lives.

When life seems to go off the rails or take an unexpected turn for the worse, we can easily be tempted to doubt God or to wrongfully equate our difficulties with a lack of concern or power on His part. Yet there is a comfort to be found as we remember His perfect sovereignty.  God is always in complete control.  He is on the throne.  Whatever occurs in our lives is what He chooses in His love to allow.  Even the suffering of His Son Jesus on the Cross was part of God’s sovereign plan to rescue and redeem us.

Whatever your circumstances, whether easy or hard, you can rest assured of His sovereign control and of His promise to work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28) according to His perfect and loving purposes.  Entrust yourself again to the Sovereign God.

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Jonathan Miller has served in pastoral roles for more than 15 years in Barrie, Oakville and Burlington, Ontario in Canada, and most recently for 7 years at Prison Fellowship Canada as National Director and COO. He currently serves as the Chief Ministry Officer at Scott Mission in Toronto.

Jon is an ordained minister with The Alliance Canada, holds degrees from McMaster University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership program. Jon is also the lead content contributor to Kingdom Driven Daily.

He and his wife Adrienne have been married since 2004, and live in Burlington, Ontario with their four children.

Jon’s greatest passion is to know Jesus and to see lives transformed by Him and for Him.