(03.15.22--Who's In Control? -1 Kings 19:1-18)
My friend, may I ask you a question? We may propose solutions that seem to be right for the moment. Yet, in the end, if it isn't what God, in his sovereign power wills to happen, can you be assured that it will happen our way?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
Here's a story: At thirty-two years of age William Cowper thought he knew exactly what he needed to do. Passing through a great crisis in his life, he tried to end his life by taking laudanum. Then he hired a coach and was driven to the Thames River, intending to throw himself into the river; but some persistent power seemed to restrain him. The next morning he fell upon a knife, but the blade broke and his life was saved again. He then tried to hang himself, and was cut down unconscious but still alive. Then one morning, in a moment of strange cheerfulness, he took up his Bible and read a verse in the Letter to the Romans. In a moment he received strength to believe, and rejoiced in the forgiving power of God. Some years later, after he had passed through a rich Christian experience and had written many beautiful hymns, Cowper sat down one day and summed up his faith in God's dealings with him, and with other men, in the great hymn on divine providence: "God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never-failing skill, He treasures up his bright design, And works his sovereign will." (McCartney's Illustrations, page 288.)
"Man proposes, but God disposes." We may propose many brilliant and not so brilliant solutions in our lifetime; solutions that just seem to be so right and appropriate for the moment. Yet, in the end, if it isn't what God, in his sovereign power wills to happen, you can be assured that it won't. No matter how hard we try to assume the role of God in our own lives and those of others, we will never be able to put ourselves on his level. He's always in control. The prophet Elijah really thought that he knew what God should do when it came to the fate of His people Israel. He complained that God had put him into a no-win situation with a hopelessly lost people. They couldn't and wouldn't be saved. Elijah was so sure that he, and only he, was the last be