Summary: A sermon examining the fact that God is in control.
God Is In Control
There are many things in this world that we have absolutely no control over. The stock market is unstable, the economy in recession and there is global turmoil. Our national debt is over 19 trillion dollars, social security of going bankrupt. the cost of living is rising and wages are stagnant. Healthcare is unaffordable and jobs are scarce. ISIS is on American soil, our military men and women are in harms way all over the world, there are wars and rumors of more wars, North Korea is testing missiles and Iran is building nuclear weapons. Mass shootings are becoming commonplace and our country is becoming increasingly divided.
We live in a world filled with trouble, turmoil, difficulty and uncertainty. It seems that things are bad and getting worse. Some of you may be dealing with personal issues... you may have rebellious children, bills that you can't pay, problems at work, marital troubles, health issues or any of a host of other situations and problems that consume your life. Many times we are blinded by circumstance and often we forget who is really in control. When this happens, doubt enters our minds and fear begins to consume our lives. If that is the case for you, I come bearing good news, I want to remind you who is in control! It is not the republican or democrat party, our governor is not in control, congress is not in control, the Supreme Court is not in control, the President is not in control and the United Nations general assembly is not even in control. God Almighty is, always has been and always will be in control!
When you are tempted to fear remember that your Heavenly Father is supreme in authority! He is Omniscient, which means that He knows all. He is Omnipotent, which means He is all powerful. He is Omnipresent, which means He is everywhere at all times.
Remember what Jesus said in - Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
What a comforting promise form our Savior. As we conclude our study of the Book of Haggai we come to a passage of scripture that reminds us just Who is in control. God sends Haggai to speak to Zerubbabel and deliver a message of great encouragement. In His message to His servant we see that God Has A Sovereign Plan, God Possesses Supreme Power and God in His infinite wisdom has Selected some Special People. I invite you to join me as we examine abundant evidence that "God Is In Control". The first piece of evidence that proves that God Is In Control is:
I. God's Sovereign Plan - v20 And again the word of the LORD came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying, 21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah.....
Sovereignty is defined as "supreme power or authority". God is the supreme authority in History. And, He is the supreme authority in our lives.
God sent a direct message to His servant Zerubbabel. Remember, at this point the rebuilding process of the Temple was in it's infancy. There were a lot of unknowns. Perhaps Zerubbabel was dealing with some uncertainty concerning the future. He was God's chosen man to lead this rebuilding process. Imagine the great responsibility that rested upon his shoulders. Here God reminds Zerubbabel that ultimately He is in control. God is still in control today and He still has a sovereign plan.
God has a sovereign plan for this world, for Bride of Christ, for the future and for eternity. God has a sovereign plan for this church and God has a sovereign plan for you as an individual. Zerubbabel was simply a willing vessel that God would use to carry out His sovereign plan. That is what we must be! Willing vessels that God can use to carry out His sovereign plan.
A legitimate question would be, "how can we know God's sovereign plan for our lives?" Zerubbabel learned of that plan through THE WORD OF THE LORD. Haggai went to him with a direct message from the Father. And we will learn of His plan for us the very same way... on the pages of HIS HOLY WORD! When you search the scriptures you will receive a direct message from your Heavenly Father!
Perhaps God has already revealed His plan for your life to you. Maybe the task seems impossible. You look at what He has called you to do and you think that there is no way that you will ever be able to accomplish His purpose for you. If you will simply be a willing vessel and trust in Him... He will use you fulfill His sovereign plan! We are able to put our faith in God because He has the power and ability to do anything that He pleases. GOD IS IN CONTROL!