Who Is In Control?
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1. A powerful rocket is fired from the earth on August 20,1978 sending the spacecraft Voyageur 2 deep into space. By the winter of 1985, it had traveled 2 billion miles. At 49,000 miles an hour, it passes by and takes pictures of the planet Uranus. Its movements and the camera are controlled by radio waves transmitted from the earth. It discovers 7 new moons over the next 20 days and the pictures it takes are sent back to earth..
2. O January 28, 1986, the spaceshuttle is launched. Within the first two minutes of the launch tile rockets explode, sending the 7 astronauts on board to their death.
3. Amusement parks are built in most major cities in North America. Thrill seekers ride engineering wonders which seem to fly out of control and yet are supposedly safer than driving your car.
4. On June 14, 1986, what is believed to be a minor mechanical failure on the Mindbender roller coaster in Edmonton caused a horrible accident in which three people died.
5. These examples make a common point. Through modern science and technology, God has enabled us to be able to reach new horizons in almost every major field. The seemingly endless capacity of the human mind and a world filled with rich resources lead us to believe that we are able to do whatever we want to. There is no limit to what we can do. And yet every so often something happens which points out that we do have limits.
6. There is human error and there is the human limitation to understand all the variables which face us. There is a wide gap between our human capabilities and the perfect knowledge which we require to have complete control over all that we do.
7. For many centuries theologians - some of the most intelligent people who have lived - have spent their lifetimes studying and trying to explain who God is. And yet after a lifetime of such work theologians have admitted that they still donít fully understand God. At end of life time, Karl Barth asked to tell what His studies told about God. His answer "Jesus loves me, this I know".
8. Again there is a wide gap between our ability to comprehend God and who God is.
9. As a church and as individual Christians, we read the Bible, we study it, and we seek Godís wisdom to enable us to understand Him. We become zealous or enthusiastic as He uses us. As a church we build up each other in faith. As individuals we may lead others to Christ. Soon it appears that we can do almost anything as Godís servants.
10. And then, in some task, we may fail as a church or as an individual. We donít understand what happened or why? We thought we knew what Godís will was and yet circumstances make us doubt if we really did. We thought we knew so well what Godís plans were and what our role was in those plans.
11. Things were all in control and now we seem to have lost that control. Even in serving God we can easily forget that we are not in control but that God is. There is a wide gap between Godís ways and our understanding of those ways.
12. If this were not so, we might consider ourselves as equal to Him.
13. As we enter new year we can gain much assurance about future and spare ourselves much grief by seeing how God is in control and not us or anyone else.
1. In our Scripture passaged we read that Elijah was discouraged. God had strengthened Elijah to face the circumstances that stood before him. God
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