By Elizabeth Prata
So many spheres of our lives feels like they are unraveling, undergoing pressure, or otherwise getting worse than it was even a few years ago. It sure feels like things are spinning out of control.
I was musing on God’s orderliness. Time and time again in the Bible He shows us just how much He is in control. Everything happens in His schedule, in His timetable, in His timing, for His reasons. Nothing escapes His notice. Nothing happens unless He causes it, allows it, or oversees it and then brings it all to the good for those who love Him.
You have to read the Bible a lot to get this broad of an overview. I can put in Bible verse after Bible verse, but it wouldn’t broaden the scope enough to illustrate what I’m saying. The best thing to do is read Matthew 1-3. I’ll synopsize here.
For millennia, the People knew that there would come a Messiah to redeem them and bring them to sinless glory. As we approach the time of the Incarnation, we see believing Jews like Virgin Mary, Joseph, Simeon, Anna persevering in faith that the Messiah will come. They waited and they waited and they waited as did all generations before them. It seemed like a long time was passing. And a long time was passing. But in God’s orderliness, this is how time was passing:
“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.” (Matthew 1:17).
Orderly. Precise. Jesus arrived at the fourteenth generation of the fourteenth generation of the fourteenth generation, just as planned.
When the Magi arrived, Herod was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. (Matthew 2:3). So Herod called the priests and teachers and asked about this birth and where it was supposed to take place. They replied:
So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” (Matthew 2:5-6)
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, just as He planned. Orderly.
Herod was much troubled and he decided to kill the boy Jesus, this coming King he had heard of, by killing all the tots under the age of two. But God sent an angel to Joseph, advising him to flee to Egypt. And so another prophecy was fulfilled.
“When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” (Matthew 3:14-15)
Herod’s massacre then happened, and so the prophecy of Jeremiah was fulfilled–
“A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.” (Matthew 2:18).
God sent the People their first prophet in 400 years, a man to announce the coming kingdom and to call for repentance: John the Baptist. This was to fulfill he “who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘ Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’” (Matthew 3:3).
Orderly. He was spoken of to come, and he came.
If you take the broad view you see that all had happened just as it should. You see that it is all happening now just as it should. Though daily events seem out of control, over the long term they are actually very orderly.
I understand how the people of Jesus’ day would be confused, the disparate verses calling for a Bethlehem-born, lamenting Rachel, out of Egypt, Nazarene presaged by a Nazrite eating locusts and honey didn’t seem to fit together. But then, just as suddenly, they did. His prophecy is perfect and perfectly orderly.
If you feel like life around you is getting out of control, I understand. There’s high crime, wantonness, bloated lusts. But they too are prophesied. The Bible warns us repeatedly that sin always worsens and that the time before the coming of Jesus a second time will deepen dramatically in all sorts of sins. (2 Timothy 3:1-9)
All these things must come to pass. And then He will call for us, and suddenly everything we have been told for thousands of years in the twinkling of an eye will become past history.
God has everything in control. If you are saved by His grace, your soul is secure. Everything is progressing just as it should be. Nothing is out of control. If you are in Christ, He has sent the Spirit to dwell in you, and He never changes and is the rock of eternity. You have that previous promise of His guarantee dwelling in you. ‘Out there’ may change, but He does not change. He is not perturbed by events. He has no shadow of turning in Him.
Life on earth is happening in an orderly way, precisely, and perfectly. And no matter what happens in my life, no matter how low my bank account gets, or how many supply chain issues swirl past my ears, no matter how many times I have to hide in the tub with a pillow over my head from tornadoes, no matter how many times my car breaks down, I know He has everything in control. That knowledge is the securest place I could possibly be, and I wouldn’t trade it. I am grateful for His grace, His perfection, His plan, His love for keeping me sheltered in this wonderful knowledge.
If you would like to partake of the sweetness of His security, knowing everything is perfect in the world according to His plan, then repent of your sins. Appeal to Jesus as your savior from the wrath of God, and fling yourself on Him in sorrow for your crimes against Him. He will forgive you. And then I would be blessed to say to you, “Welcome to the family of God.” Your future would not swell and ebb with he tides, your life would transcend the tides. Your life will be eternally secure and perfectly planned by the Ancient of Days.