Who Is In Control ?

Southaven, Ms

By: Mike Upchurch

Now that the Mid-Term Elections are behind us, and there was a slight shift in power in Congress, it’s time we as Christians reflect on who is in power as far as we are concerned. Is it the Democrat Party? The House? The Senate? The Republican Party? The President and his staff? Perhaps the Pentagon and the Military Heads?

There are dozens of scriptures which reveal who is in control of our lives, but let’s examine just one book of the Old Testament, the book of Isaiah, and see what it reveals about who is really in charge and in control.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. Scarcely have they been planted, scarcely have they been sown, scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, but He merely blows on them, and they wither, and the storm carries them away like stubble. “To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:21-26, 28-31

“For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. “For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before Me, and the breath of those whom I have made.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭57:15-16

God is letting it be known that HE is in control! But He is stating that He is not an evil ruler; He is a God of compassion for those who are broken…..

“Thus says the LORD, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? “For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭66:1-2

“For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭64:4

In this verse, God declares He ALONE is God…..

“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me. ‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it; yes, let him recount it to Me in order, from the time that I established the ancient nation. And let them declare to them the things that are coming and the events that are going to take place. ‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid; have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, or is there any other Rock? I know of none.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭44:6-8‬

In the book of Psalms, David told of the Lord’s compassion for us and His loving care….

“The LORD performs righteous deeds and judgments for all who are oppressed.
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer. But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them. The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:6, 8-19

He truly is a loving God, infinite and power yet abounding in mercy! But back to Isaiah; though God was absolute in power and authority, He had another plan in mind from the foundation of the Earth. That plan was to turn over His throne to His Son. In the following verses, Isaiah began to prophesy that Jesus was coming. He would be anointed of God to serve mankind and to redeem them for the Father!

“Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear; but with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭11:1-5‬

The prophet looked ahead and saw the anointing that would rest on Jesus. He would one day come and He would fulfill this prophecy, which He announced in Luke chapter 4…..

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:1-3

John the apostle saw Jesus years after His resurrection. He was on the Isle of Patmos where he was being held prisoner and recorded this exchange…..

“When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭1:17-18‬

He was telling John He was now in control. Jesus had given John and the other disciples this revelation about Himself and His authority years before in Matthew…..

“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:18‬

Now it had come to
pass. Now the Father’s plan had been executed. Jesus is now firmly seated on the Throne. He is ruling justly and righteously over all the earth. He was given that authority by the Father, whom none is like! So you see, it really doesn’t matter who has the most seats in the House, or who has the most votes in the Senate, it is the LORD who rules over everything. He is watching over His children, the sheep of His pasture! He lovingly cares for His children and because of that we can proclaim as King David did…..

“The LORD is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me? The LORD is for me among those who help me; therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:6-9‬

And it’s better to trust in the Lord than in Senators or U.S. Representatives!

And that’s the way I see it!

Pastor Mike