There’s a story told of an old merchant who was nearing the end of his days. Family were all gathered around his bed to be with him at the last. Finally, he struggled to raise himself on one elbow and asked, “Who’s minding the store?”
Probably not the best story ever told, but as we look at the chaos surrounding us in this world on all sides, we might be tempted to ask the question, “Who’s minding the store?”
In other words, where’s God in all this?
There are, of course, those who say there is no God – so there’s nothing to worry about there. It seems to me, however, that if there really is no God, then there’s everything to worry about. If there’s nothing more to this life than this life, then “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” Paul had something to say about this in 1 Corinthians 15:32.
Then there are those who say that God wants to be involved in things, but we won’t let Him. Really? Please! As well might a grain of sand on the beach tell the ocean that it won’t let the ocean get it wet as for us to think we have to “let” God do something. I understand our responsibility to do the things needed in order to get something done. For example, a farmer who wants a harvest without plowing and planting will have an empty barn. At the same time, hear the words of Mordecai to his niece Esther when she was hesitant to go before the king to plead for her people: “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance WILL arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14, emphasis added.
Mordecai was confident that what regardless of what Esther might do, God would deliver His people, but perhaps she was in the King’s palace in order to be the instrument God used to do that.
Scripture says that God works all things according to the counsel of His will, Ephesians 1:11. In other words, there’s nothing in “the store” that He’s not minding. This means God is sovereign in the affairs of this world.
The idea of God’s sovereignty raises lots of questions and objections. A brother recently posted that he believed that the sovereignty of God was the greatest hoax Satan ever put over on the church (!) So sad.
Yes, there are questions and difficulties, but God is certainly able to work within the context of His own creation to bring about what He wants.
Besides, if God isn’t “in control” in every single situation, how can we be certain that He’s in control of “this” particular situation, whatever “this” may be?
“Yes, but I don’t understand….”
No, we don’t.
My wife and I have a grandson who’s about six weeks old. He probably “understands” very little of what his Mom and Dad are doing to take care of him. He has no knowledge of what Dad does when he goes to work. He has NO IDEA what his mother went through at his birth.
That’s probably about what we’re like in relation to God.
In effect, Mom and Dad are saying, “Trust us,” when they take care of him.
That’s what God says: