Who's Minding the Store?
“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39
Mass shootings. Drunk drivers killing innocent people. A divided nation. A chaotic government. Wars. Rumors of wars. Environmental disasters. Broken families. Broken hearts.
Who’s in charge? Are we alone? Is there a God? A higher power? A supreme being? If so, why doesn’t this God do something.
Christianity appears to send mix messages. If God is truly in control, where is He during these times of despair? Can’t He do something? If He is in control, why isn’t He controlling what happens to us?
On one hand, we tell the world to place their trust in a Good God. What happens when that Good God lets us down? How can we tell people to trust Him without allowing them room to blame Him when things go south?
True Christianity understands and supports a Sovereign God that allows human beings to act independently apart from Him. We want to give Him all the credit and then wonder why those listening to us place all the blame on Him. We often present God based on what He can do for us without counting the cost of what we can do for Him.
The Bible talks about God’s control as sovereignty. He is not a puppet master. We can’t pray without surrendering. We do not surrender unless we give Him control. Is God in control when a 14-year-old girl gets pregnant? Is God in control when a man beats his wife?
To even insinuate that God is in our poor choices and bad decisions is arrogance at its worst. God watches and waits for us to invite Him into the decision-making process.
Someday, God’s children will ingest, embrace and declare what Jesus taught in these verses. Love God with your total being; your total existence. When He has our heart, soul, and mind and when we love others as much as we love our pride, ego, and opinions, then we will understand He is Sovereign. Far too often the sinful world is in control. For now.
Faith endures regardless of circumstances or outcome. Keep marching, soldiers. He has our backs. Does He have our hearts, souls and minds? That’s our decision. He doesn’t demand our trust. He merely asks for it.