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Is the world officially out of control?

god at workYou probably have watched the news this week and seen the aeroplane crashes, the storms, the violent invasions, the violence, the sorrow and all the pain – and thought to yourself – the world is officially out of control.  The Bible, however, tells us that the world is, for the record, not out of control; but continually being governed and directed by a sovereign God.

Lord of all

When we speak of God’s “sovereignty”, theologians also use the word “providence”.  “Sovereign” means absolute ruler or someone possessing supreme or ultimate power.  This is of course true of God – that’s why we call him “God”.  By the term “providence”, we mean that because God is absolute ruler, he preserves and governs everything in the universe as well – including your life and circumstances.

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Flight MH17 and the gospel

MH17: videos show missile launcher in vicinity of neighbouring townsMalaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down a few days ago.   It is an appalling tragedy.  On the TV news coverage there was an interview with a British family of three who were meant to be on that flight, but could not board because the flight was full.   That family inadvertently escaped death as others dreadfully died in their place.   This reminds us of the gospel.  Jesus voluntarily boarded the plan knowing it would be shot down, to use the plane metaphor.  That is, Jesus voluntarily made his way towards Jerusalem knowing that he would be crucified (Luke 9:51); so that we may escape God’s just judgment.