“Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.  When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The LORD- he is God! The LORD – he is God!'” (1 Kings 18:38-39)

It’s MY remote!  It’s MY car!  I will choose where we’re going!  Do you like to be in control?

We often like to be in control of things, don’t we?  Perhaps our desire for control can even affect how we view our God.  “If I do this, then God should do that.”  “If I am a good person, God better make sure everything in my life goes well.”  But isn’t that trying to manipulate God?

The people in Israel were trying to control their god.  They were following the human-made god called Baal who supposedly would send rain and cause their crops to grow if they pleased him.  In this test the prophets of Baal danced around an altar in order to cause their god to send fire and burn up their sacrifice.  But… nothing happened.  People aren’t in control, God is.  So, God powerfully reigned down fire and consumed everything and then God turned His people’s hearts back to Him in faith.

Who’s in control?  There’s no question: God is.  Why is that comforting?  Because He is the all-powerful God who showed the extent of His power not in this fiery display but ultimately on a cross and an empty tomb where Jesus demonstrated His power to forgive your sins and win you for eternal life!

And…He’s the one who’s in control!  If God did that for you, will He not also control all things for your best, to bring you to heaven?  Certainly.

Thankful for God’s control, just like you,

pastor