Who’s In Control Here?

Q. I was wondering about the way you answered a question about what God allows in a person’s life. I had always understood that God does have to allow testing and trials like he did for Job, giving His permission. And telling Peter that Satan would sift him. Or Joseph being used to save the nation of Israel, didn’t God allow that situation or maybe even cause it?

If God doesn’t allow these things, then it sounds like He is not in control, or not involved, and that scares me worse than thinking He is allowing it for a purpose I cant understand. Please help me understand!

A. 1 John 5:19 says that the evil one is in control in this world. Jesus called Satan the prince of this world three times. (John 12:31, 14:30 & 16:11) And Paul called him the god of this age in 2 Cor. 4:4. To me that explains who’s in control here.

I’ve never been able to picture God sitting on His Throne saying “Give this one cancer, that one a car wreck and a that other one a retarded child. Blow these peoples’ homes apart and wash these other ones away in a flood. Starve those children to death.” We are sinners living in a world corrupted by sin. Because of that there’s evil, illness, and injustice all around. It’s a consequence of the sin in our world.

Would you really prefer to believe that God arbitrarily doles out disaster on His children and his enemies alike, punishing the innocent and rewarding the guilty, rather then see Him as One Who will bring this injustice to an end and take vengeance on those responsible as soon as all who will have come to Him?

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