I worry about the phrase “God is in control” – not because of any theological disagreement, but due to a fear that we, as Christians, can easily become passive when it comes to the injustices around us.
I strongly believe that God is sovereign. God could come in at any moment and fix everything, but that’s not how He chooses to operate the world. He has given us a lot of responsibility. His creation has been seized by evil spiritual forces who seek to destroy His plan for the world.
As Christians our calling is to engage in His plan by attempting to restore creation to the way it was intended to be. Even though we will never see this full restoration until Christ comes back, this should not discourage us from trying to bring heaven to earth. We’ve been delegated and when we screw up, God doesn’t take the wheel back…although I think it’s pretty clear that there have been exceptions to the rule – we cannot strictly depend on those exceptions happening.
Maybe the answers to the difficult questions isn’t about some hidden divine plan – sometimes the answers are the hard, scary, and obvious :
Why do we see innocent people suffer?
Because we don’t take care of them
Why did that shooting take place?
Because the shooter, with possible demonic influence, chose to kill
Why did God take my daughter away?
He didn’t, the leukemia did
Maybe your theology can answer those questions better. Maybe “God is in control” is the answer. Either way, let us not become fatalists or passive when it comes to suffering. Let’s follow God’s mandate for Christians. I want to continue seeing girls saved from brothels, widows and orphans cared for, cure the sick, watch the oppressed set free, and have people come to know Christ. That’s my prayer.
Those are my honest thoughts. Agree? Disagree? I’d love to hear your feedback.