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Tony Evans: God Is In Control

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Everything you and I have, or possess, has been given to us as a direct result of God choosing to do so. There is nothing that you have received that was not either created by God or created by things that God created. God produces each and every single thing. Because He does, He claims sovereignty over it all as well. He controls it. He is the consummate, penultimate, micro-manager. He is intricately, intimately involved in every single detail. He manages the universe and all of us in it to the highest degree possible. And if He weren’t – if He would just take a moment to step back and not hold the universe in place, we would all be obliterated in an instant.

Because nothing is random with God.

From His vantage point, it all makes perfect sense. Yet from ours, time can seem marked by an endless array or series of contingencies that we may call “bad luck” or “chance” or even “random events.” But that’s just how it seems; that’s not how it is. Because nothing is random with God.

 

 

One of our problems in remaining on the right path as we head toward our purpose is that we do not see the end. We get frustrated and feel lost when we can’t see where we are headed. Have you ever felt frustrated when you were driving and you got lost? Or have you been with someone who got frustrated when they were driving and got lost? Yet when a map was found, or a GPS, or directions from a stranger that pointed the way – the frustrations fell away. This is because reaching the end came into sight.

What happens to us, though, in following God along the pathways of His providential leading is that He doesn’t always give us the directions to the very end. He doesn’t provide us with the full map view so we can see every turn we’ll eventually take. He gives us a glimpse here, or a direction there but rarely ever the entire picture.

Friend, nothing comes to you that doesn’t pass through God’s providential fingers first.

Friend, nothing comes to you that doesn’t pass through God’s providential fingers first. You have to know that. You have to believe that. You have to trust that. You have to rest in that. That mindset will situate you so that you can respond to life’s challenges, setbacks and randomness with a spirit of intentionality and persevering faith.

When you recognize the invisible Hand of God, you will discover the details and direction leading you to your destiny.

When you recognize the invisible Hand of God, you will discover the details and direction leading you to your destiny.

The Urban Alternative is a Christian Bible teaching and resource ministry founded 39 years ago by Dr. Tony Evans. We aim to spread the teaching of God’s Word through Christian media with the goal of transforming lives. We offer sermons, sermon outlines, books, prayers, Bible studies and more on topics such as Christian living, marriage, discipleship, and spiritual growth, as taught by Tony Evans.

Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative and author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies. The first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and study Bible by an African American. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on over 1,400 radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. Dr. Evans’ sermons are also streamed and downloaded over 20,000,000 times annually.