Man thinks he is in control of his life because he makes choices that can promise him a better future. Thanks to HAARP, IMF, Monsanto, NASA, United Nations, and the World Health Organization, man also thinks that he can control his world. As a result, through abortion, euthanasia, and stem cell research he tries to play God. But these ideas of control are illusions.
God has given us dominion over nature (Genesis 1:26-28). We must harvest its resources to provide food, water, clothing, and shelter for ourselves and others. But we cannot control weather (storms, floods, drought, etc) or disasters like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. So what makes us think we can control our own lives? Without the Holy Spirit, we cannot exercise self-control over our hearts (desires), minds, and bodies (Galatians 5:23).
We do make choices that determine our destinies. We can go to school, work, marry, have children, live or die, love or hate, etc. We must also answer to God for our moral choices (1 Samuel 2:3, Ecclesiastes 11:9, 12:14; Ezekiel 18, 33; Romans 14:10, Galatians 6:7-8, Hebrews 9:27). But we cannot control what makes us human. We cannot choose our birth place and date, gender, parents, ethnicity, health (FAS, HIV, defects, etc), or early socio-economic status and religion. We cannot control the family we are born into; God does (Exodus 4:11, Acts 17:26). We cannot control how other people treat us based on these things either. They determine how we see ourselves and the world, plus the life choices presented to us. So even if we move, inherit money, receive a cure, or experience a conversion, we cannot scrub the pigment from our faces. A demon-led sex-change operation will not change our gender either. So instead of rebelling against some circumstances of our birth, we should surrender to a sovereign God. He knows what he is doing.
Finally, we cannot see the future. Unless God reveals it through a dream or vision, no one can predict what will happen in the next second, minute, hour, day, or year. Tomorrow is a mystery. We cannot even control our bodies but must trust in God for our next breath. Will he let us wake up and live, or will we die? The great I AM decides who lives and dies, so no one appears in heaven or hell by accident (Deuteronomy 32:39, 1 Samuel 2:6-8, Matthew 10:28). Jesus Christ has the keys of hell and death (Revelation 1:18). He alone can kill a person or raise him from the dead.
Man’s control of life and nature is an illusion. God is the cosmic boss. So let us surrender to him. Only then will we discover the secret of prayer, knowing that our lives and futures are safe in God’s hands.
God is in control
Though godless men conspire
His will unfolds
Though mortal minds are sometimes left to doubt
His ways are higher than our ways
So even through the fire
Take heart and know
God is in control
– Gary Driscoll, “God Is In Control”