As Christians, we know that God is in control and that He has His finger on the pulse. We do not have to worry about tomorrow because we know who holds today. However, with all the calamities and casualties in this world today, I wonder just how many Christians truly believe this and this has nothing to do with me trying to stir the pot but instead, truly wondering what people believe in.

There are too many people that I have come in contact with who say one thing but the way they live their life makes you question their sincerity of their beliefs. Think about it for a moment. God is in control of all things and we should never doubt this but how many people claim “how could God allow for this to happen” or “if God was there, this would not have happened.” This article is not written by someone who has never been in this situation.

In fact, there have been different times when I have muttered such statements. This is not something that I am necessarily proud of but I cannot change my past no more than the people marching wanting repayment for something that never happened to them and occurred over one hundred years ago. We know people by their fruit or what they do, not necessarily what they say. Matthew 7:18 explains this perfectly: “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”

When someone tells me they believe that God is in control but yet, they look to tarot readers or palm readers, I question their faith. The proof is in the pudding, after all. If you tell me you love Christ but you’re not willing to trust in Him or live as He instructs, satellites begin going off. Scripture reads in Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.”

The point of this article is if you’re going to claim something then you should be sincere about what you claim. The old saying “say what you mean and mean what you say” may be outdated as what people stand for, today, is usually based on how they feel that certain day. This may have been me at one particular point in time but no longer. Although I am not perfect, I do my best to do my best. While I did not serve in the United States Army, I do my best to be the best that I can be and yes, I fall short of God’s glory but each day I get up knowing that God is in control: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
-2 Timothy 1:7

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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