Who's In Control?

Today is my first time joining in a meme called "Smile Sunday." I'm going to try my hand at this, while still staying within the borders of this blog's topic, apologetics. I do hope you will all find it interesting, and hopefully, encouraging. Let me know what you think! Here it goes... I once heard a little story that went something like this: There once was a big building in the city. If someone were to be passing by this particular building, here is what he would see: On one side, someone had graffitied [Is that even a word? I guess it is now!] these words: "God is dead ~ Nietzsche." A classic saying, is it not? Apparently, someone didn't think so; on the other side was graffitied, "Nietzsche is dead ~ God." :D So why does this make me smile? Well, obviously, the joke is kind of funny on it's own. But seriously, Nietzsche thought that he had a better way than God. So did Hitler. So did Mussolini. The Communists thought that to win the battle was to win the war -- that to win was to rule the world. They did not want to believe in God so they said that He was dead -- of course, that does not make it so! Interestingly, their statement only shows that they thought that they WERE God; but the problem with this is that if God dies, and they are God (or so they thought) what makes them think that they won't die, too? They eventually lost it all in their deaths, just as Matthew 16:26 says, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" My point is that God is in control, not us. Sometimes, we, too, think that we have a better way than God. But God is just looking down and smiling; He knows that we are NOT smarter than Him. That should be great news to us, shouldn't it? Yet, sometimes, we cry, "God, what are you doing?" But if we were smarter than God, if we understood everything, WE'D be God! All that God asks from us is pure trust. The Bible talks of so many fruits that a Christian should see abundant in his life, but these only come when one has true faith in God. Yet we still don't always trust Him; we're just "not sure if/how this is going to work," and so we take matters into our own hands -- and we usually mess things up in the process. That is what happens when we try to do God's job, when we try to take His place. We may not actually think in our minds that we want to do that, but our actions betray us. So this is why I am smiling today: I have had a rough weekend, but I am so glad to know that God is in control (and it is great to be reminded of it again and again). Yes, we all have to do our part in God's special plan, but God is ultimately in control. It's only when we let go of the wheel and let God drive the car that we see the victory; we can't do it on our own, but we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. And if God is driving the car, we aren't going to crash -- our battle is already won, and that makes me smile! :D "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." ~ God (1 John 5:4) Have a great week, everyone! P.S. Speaking of God being in control, my blogging friend, Ruth, has a great post on taking up the cross which brings out this point quite well; please go and check it out!


  1. this makes me smile too! how comforting to know God is in control.. thanks for this truly inspiring post and making mention of me..:)

    Hope your week is bright and full of smiles..:)

    Lots of love and hugs,

  2. I love this story!! :) It makes me smile, too!

  3. @ Mamaslittlechick - Thank you so much for following my blog, and I'm glad you like my post! I look forward to doing many more Smile Sundays. Thank you for a great meme. :D

    @ Ruth - Thank you Ruth, I'm glad that you were inspired by this... actually, I was, too! I think that it's important to smile everyday, because it's so easy to focus on the negative instead. I could certainly use some practice in that department. Just today I was thinking about how God has done so much for us; there is so much to smile about, isn't there?
    And I want you to know that I am praying for you and your family. Keep your trust in God; He will never let you down! :D

    @ Jay - Well, I didn't think I would be able to do it either, but I'm glad it worked out! I was very stressed this past weekend, but I learned that if we trust in God, we wouldn't have to carry half as much of the burden... at least, not in our own strength! It reminds me of the song which states, "Oh what peace we often forfeit/ Oh what needless pain we bear/ All because we do not carry/ Everything to God in prayer" It's like I heard someone say, "The answer to all of life's problems is 'Trust Me.'" Oh, and thanks for stopping by and commenting just for me! ;)

    @ Renee - For some reason the comment isn't appearing just now, but I'm going to respond anyway... I'm glad you like the joke; it's one of my favorites, and it does make me smile! :D Thanks for stoppin' by; it's good to hear from you.

    Thank you all for your comments, I really appreciate them! It gives me more of a reason to smile!

  4. Thank you for stopping by and doing a Smile Sunday. You are right in saying that it is good and comforting to know that God is on our side. This was also a great example! I look forward to following your blog!

    Mama Hen

  5. Wow! Very nice Miss S! I never thought you would have been able to do smile Sunday with an apolgetics meme. Guess you proved me wrong. And great point! Why do we worry when we know that God is in control?

    BTW, you can see that I got the twitter application to work on Disqus... just for you. :D


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